The 60th Anniversary of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

An International Celebration for Catechists

The New Child, The New Adult:

Encountering the Good Shepherd Together

October 1 - 4, 2014    Phoenix, Arizona

Thanks to all those who have registered for this Celebration and Conference for Catechists. We have currently reached our capacity for this event at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona with over 575 registrants from 22 countries. We have been amazed by the response and saddened that we cannot have more catechists attend this unique 60th Anniversary Celebration. We have closed registration at this time. If you are still interested in attending the Celebration, however, please contact Karen Maxwell by clicking here to place your name on our Waiting List. If we have any cancellations, we will contact those on our Waiting List to give you an opportunity to register.

We are also working on some options to offer recordings of the Celebration and Plenary Sessions and will inform you when these will be available to download or purchase. Please let us know when you sign up for the Waiting List if you would like to be contacted when these recordings are available.
Catechists from around the world have been invited to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. We will come together to celebrate "the new child," a term first used by Maria Montessori in 1907 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.

We will celebrate the gift of our work in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, in which we are becoming "the new adult" through our observation of the child’s unique relationship with God, through our willing embrace of our servant role in that relationship, and consequently, through our coming to share in the child’s wonder and joy.

Sponsored by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGSUSA), our celebration will begin Wednesday evening, October 1, 2014 with dinner and opening ceremonies and conclude with dinner and closing ceremonies on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

In our days together, as part of our focusing on "the new child" and "the new adult," we will  remember the origins of our work and those who paved the way for us; recall and reflect on the most essential themes of our work;
discuss some of our main challenges and the current realities of our work’s growth in the world; and reflect on our primary hopes and dreams for the future.

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“In your presence there is fullness of joy..."
Psalm 16:11

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