The 60th Anniversary of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was a blessed and joyful International Celebration for Catechists. 

We thank all who have participated, especially our speakers, hosting team, benefactors, sponsors and collaborating companies.

The New Child

The New Adult

Encountering the Good Shepherd Together

The National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, as host of this celebration, is delighted to share the encounter of the Good Shepherd and the children of the world through their song and art expression as well as the joy of the catechists who have come to share in the religious values of the children, namely contemplation and the enjoyment of God.  

Six hundred catechists from  twenty four countries came to the desert of Phoenix, Arizona  this October to celebrate the 60th of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.


Together, we celebrated the "new child", a term first used by Maria Montessori and adopted by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi to refer to the child who exhibits  "a sense of gratitude, joy and a new dignity" in having his or her deepest needs met. 

Together, we shared the joy of what we have seen and heard with "the appearance of new children, whose souls revealed themselves with such radiance as to spread a light through the whole world."  (Maria Montessori)


Together,  we celebrated the gift of our work in the Catechesis in which, through the observation of the child's unique relationship with God and through the adult's willing embrace of our servant role in that relationship, we come to share in the child's wonder and joy and so become  "new adults" in our encounter of  the Good Shepherd and  the children of the world.

Celebration Flash Drive

The flash drive contains over 12 hours of the talks from the plenary sessions presented at 60th Anniversary of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd International Celebration for Catechists and is now available!

Order yours today! 

“In your presence there is fullness of joy..."

Psalm 16:11

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Anniversary Sale


Flash Drives



The music used in the slide shows is " I Come With Joy," by Brian Wren © 1971, rev. 1995, Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188,  All rights reserved.  Used by permission.  The lyrics can be found here.