If we want to help the child grow near to God, we should, with patience and courage... 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 believe that the child’s spiritual growth is best served through tangible but indirect means.

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.


Your Gifts and Talents can be LEAVEN for CGSUSA!

CGSUSA is pleased to announce a new initiative to meet its increasing growth as a nonprofit organization.  This new initiative will match the skills and talents of experienced adults with the diverse needs of CGSUSA to build a stronger, more vibrant volunteer community in the service of the spiritual life of the child.

We now have a team of twenty LEAVEN Volunteers working on various projects.  Read more about them! 
Do you have gifts and time to offer CGSUSA?  Find more LEAVEN volunteer positions here!