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Celebrate 40th Anniversary

“Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.”

— Psalm 111:1-3 

Between Memory and Hope

40th Anniversary of CGSUSA and 70th Anniversary of CGS in the World

August 22-25, 2024 in Phoenix, AZ and Live Stream

 

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As we come to the 70th Anniversary of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the 40th Anniversary of The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd we ask: In light of the importance of these years, how can we best praise God for the gift of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? How can we remember, celebrate, and hope for the future together?

The Bible teaches us how to live these anniversaries and reminds us how to live in the mystery of time. As Sofia wrote, “we who live here and now, between memory and hope, are being taught about living in the precariousness of the present moment. The history that has already been realized consolidates and stabilizes our precarious present by means of the inheritance of the past.” Sofia wrote that the mingling of memory and hope which “sustains our life and energizes it with an incomparable inheritance” also serves as “the secure foundation from which to launch the flight toward the ‘new heavens and the new earth.’”

As we gather in person and online, we seek to give praise, to remember, celebrate, and hope for the future in memory and hope.  In our three days, we will remember our legacy, celebrate our present work and hope for our future as we celebrate this “friendship of catechists” our association is founded on.

Revisit our Celebration from 2014

Highlights from our celebration of the 60th Anniversary of CGS and the 30th Anniversary of CGSUSA

The Songs and Art Expressions of the Children of the World

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

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What is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was born from the joy of the children’s encounter with God. It has been observed that children of the same developmental stage, even those from widely varying cultural backgrounds, respond to elements of the Christian message in the same way.

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In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd adults are given the opportunity to embrace a method of catechesis (or religious education) that will deepen one’s relationship with God. Catechist formation in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is both instructive as well as experiential. It captivates both the head as well as the heart.

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We read in the Gospel of Mark that Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs, two by two; the journey was not meant to be a solitary one. It is essential for us as catechists to support one another as we prepare materials, work in the atrium, and observe the child. We come together in unity, as members of CGSUSA, to share the joy of this work.

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Through their joy, their wonder and awe, their capacity for love and prayer, and their radical simplicity, children offer us adults a glimpse of what it means to fall in love with God. This has been the work of CGSUSA for over 30 years: to advocate for the child’s joy.

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