If we want to help the child grow near to God, we should, with patience and courage...
seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer.
The child himself will be our teacher if we know how to observe him.” Sofia Cavalletti

We believe that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another particularly before the age of six and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship.

We Long for Joy!

CGSUSA was formed in 1984 in North America with its main aim being that of “involving adults and children in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood (contemplation and enjoyment of God) are predominant.” Other aims include building community among catechists in supporting their work with children in aiding the growth of the spirit of this method of catechesis, establishing rapport with the wider ecclesial community, and encouraging, documenting, and spreading the research related to the religious life of the child through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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Sofia Cavalletti, along with her colleague Gianna Gobbi, began to work with children in 1954 in the area of children’s religious formation. She was first inspired to understand children’s spirituality, following a discussion over a passage of scripture with several children. The children’s engagement with and response to the discussion caused her to seek a deeper understanding of the relationship between God and the child.  August 21, 2017 is the centenary of Sofia Cavalletti’s birth, to remember and celebrate her wisdom and her joy, and the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, is inviting all involved in this work to:
PRAY. For the children of the world and the continual planting of mustard seeds around the world. 


ENJOY. Read and reflect on those mustard seeds already shared in these 100 days.