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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.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to support catechists, parents, and others in the Church and beyond, as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children.

Sofia Cavalletti speaks of the beginning of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
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Our Vision

  • The United States Association will work to make the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the writings of Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi accessible to all.

  • Recognizing the need for clear and available communications, the National Association will avail itself of written, voice and visual electronic media to maintain contact with catechists and others.

  • The United States Association will provide formation in accord with the work of Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi, through the provision of a discernment process and training for formation leaders, offering regular retreats and conferences and the use of approved formation leader’s handbooks.

  • In addition to current sites, courses in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will be held in colleges, universities and seminaries across the United States.

  • The United States Association will support the work of the International Council and work in harmony with it.

  • Materials changes and new materials as recommended by the International Council will be translated and distributed to formation leaders and catechists through the National Association.

  • The Association will provide a manual at each level with accurate and most excellent plans and schematics for constructing atrium materials.

  • Regional groups will be encouraged in every part of the nation.

  • The United States Association will establish and maintain links with diocese and denominations represented by the membership and other formation and educational groups.

  • The United States Association will provide help and resources to assist catechists in adapting this work to the liturgy of their denominations.

  • The United States Association will establish and maintain historical archives of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, making them accessible to members.

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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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