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“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:5

Your membership in The United States Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd connects you with catechists and supporters from across the United States and even around the world, who share a commitment to the Christian formation of children. Your membership support not only gives you access to wonderful resources in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, but also helps our association spread the word about how a relationship with the Good Shepherd can change the lives of adults and nourish the spiritual growth of children.

In this time of uncertainty, we take our mission very seriously, we continue to support catechists, parents, and others in the Church and beyond, as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children. We stand by our purpose to assist the involvement of children and adults in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God, are predominant. To do so we need your support. Your membership will help us weather these future weeks of financial down turn during the COVID-19 pandemic. We humbly ask for your continued help and support in this effort and we hold you all in our prayers.

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Benefits Include:

  • Online Materials Manuals
  • Annual Journal
  • Communication Including: CGSUSA News, Foglietto, Member Memo, Parent News
  • Member Directory
  • Voting Privilege
  • Access to Restricted Materials for Purchase
  • Mustard Seeds

Ideal for individual catechists serving children and families in atria or parents of children currently attending atria. Only those formed in the CGS Method by recognized formation leaders may be granted access to the online Materials Manuals.

If you are outside the United States, please call 480.874.3759 to join.

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Benefits Include:

  • Organization Resources Including: In the Meadow and Parent Resources
  • Annual Journal
  • Communication Including: CGSUSA News, Foglietto, Member Memo, Parent News
  • Voting Privilege
  • Mustard Seeds

Ideal for organizations seeking to support children, adults, and families grow closer to God through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. While this is not a group membership for individual catechists, the Organization Resources have proven to be very helpful to catechists, parishes, regional groups, and religious leaders using CGS in their work with children and families.

If you are outside the United States, please call 480.874.3759 to join.

Memberships are nontransferable. If you are unsure which membership, Individual or  Organization, best fits your needs, please contact the Membership Office for guidance. 

You will receive an email when your membership account is complete.  Please review your email spam or junk folder as the confirmation can be directed to these folders.  

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Welcome to CGSUSA

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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