Our Mission

Just prior to her death in 1952, Dr. Maria Montessori sent this message to teachers from the Catholic Montessori Guild who were gathered at a meeting in London, England.

Never, as in this moment, has the Christian faith needed the sincere effort of those who profess it. I would like to ask all of you, who are gathered in this meeting, to consider the great help that children can bring to the defense of our faith.

Children come to us as a rain of souls, as a richness and a promise which can always be fulfilled but which needs the help of our efforts for its fulfillment. Do not consider the child as a weakling: the child is the builder of the human personality. That this personality be Christian or not depends on the environment around him and on those who guide his religious formation. Do not think that because the child cannot understand in the same way that we adults understand that it is useless to allow him to participate in our religious practices. The staunchest and deepest faith is generally found among the unsophisticated people whose women take their children to church while they are still breastfed: the child’s unconscious absorbs Divine Powers while the conscious reasoning of adults is only human.

You who enjoy the great gift of belonging to the Catholic faith must intensely feel the great responsibility you have for the future generations because, among you, there are those who have renounced the world to bring the world to God.

Take then, as help in your task, with faith and humility, "the all-powerful children" (Benedict XV). Take as your special task to watch that their limpid light be not dimmed. Protect in their development those natural energies implanted in the souls of children by the guiding hand of God.

This message, just as significant now as it was then, embodies our Mission at School of Mary – Montessori:

 


To establish a prepared environment for home school families who support the Magisterial teaching of the Roman Catholic Church utilizing the teaching philosophy of Maria Montessori and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.


 

 At School of Mary - Montessori we are ...

Blessed to witness the “great help” that your children “bring to the defense of our faith.” 

Humbled to see the “richness and promise” of your children, for whom we provide our “efforts for its fulfillment.” 

Called to prepare the “environment around” your children and we pray for God’s graces to “guide” them.

Challenged to make ourselves insignificant and allow the “Divine Powers” to be absorbed by your child.

Overjoyed to accept “the great gift of belonging to the Catholic faith.”

 Privileged to watch that your children’s “light be not dimmed” and to honor the “guiding hand of God” in them.