Member Benefits

The Value of CGUSA Membership

Offering Friendship and Support

Offering Friendship and Support

Membership in CGSUSA allows members who are far away and have never met to share a kind of friendship as they participate in the ongoing conversation of CGS – its Montessori underpinnings, its scriptural and liturgical themes, setting up and maintaining an atrium, making materials, and the response of the child.


  • Member Memo
  • Online Member Directory
  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Regional Groups
  • CGSUSA Social Media
  • Servant Song Retreat

Providing Wisdom and Information

Providing Wisdom and Information

All efforts expended on publications and formation benefit members as they receive both up-to-date information from CGSUSA and formation by highly trained, well formed, and mentored formation leaders.


  • Annual Journal
  • Foglietto
  • Newsletters
  • Publications
  • Online Material
  • Manual for Individual Members
  • National Courses

A Voice and Advocate for the Spiritual Life of the Child

As well, a sizable membership that represents the remarkable spread of CGS is itself testimony to the power of this work in the life of both adults and children; and gives CGSUSA a strong voice in advocating for the spiritual life of the child.

Honoring the Dignity of the Child

To be true to its purpose, CGSUSA looks to how it’s founders developed and continued this work. Following the way of Jesus, Cavalletti and Gobbi approached their work in a spirit of poverty, simplicity, and generosity. They prayerfully designed and made simple materials for the children’s use. They honored the dignity of the child, and sought no accolades for themselves. Cavalletti called CGS “the greatest gift from God I would ever have thought about.”

“In many ways, my work in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been driven by the desire to remain. Over the past 25 years, the joy and rewards of sharing our Christian faith with children in an atrium setting have become a bedrock to my own spiritual journey. The presentations, the materials and the times of working and wondering with the children have strengthened my understanding of the scripture and my thoughts during worship. “

—Lynn Robinson, Catechist, member since 1990

Learn More About The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Assisting the involvement of children and adults in a common religious experience
In memory our founder Sofia Cavalletti

What Our Website Offers:

The Annual Journal

The Annual Journal is a wonderful array of articles pertinent to our work containing children’s artwork, prayers, and anecdotes from the children, to nourish us in the spirit of CGS.

The Foglietti

The Foglietti are vital “little memos” from the International Council (the “Consiglio”) that connect us to the latest developments in materials or news about CGS from around the world.

Materials Manuals

Catechists who join CGSUSA as Individual Members will receive access to the online Materials Manual for the levels for which they have received a certificate. Catechists currently enrolled in a course may also join and receive access.

Online Membership Directory

Membership offers us a way to stay connected so that we can share the richness of the experiences we have with the children as we listen with them to the voice of the Good Shepherd.

Voting Privilege

One vote per individual membership; One vote per Organization Membership: Members give voice to the conversation of how the gift of this work is celebrated and implemented in the US when they participate in electing board members and approving/disapproving board recommendations.

Social Media and Newsletters


  • CGSUSA News: a quarterly e-newsletter providing updates on the association’s projects and events.
  • My First Year in the Atrium: a monthly newsletter (sent for the first twelve months of membership) for brand new members of CGSUSA.
  • Member Memo: a quarterly newsletter for ALL of our members.
  • Board News: a newsletter from the Board of Trustees.
  • In the Meadow: a monthly newsletter for our Church/Organization members.
  • Found Coin: focusing on the support and stewardship for CGSUSA. Formation Leader eNews: a newsletter from the Formation Office for those who lead formation courses.
Support in the form of Scholarships and Grants

The mission of the Tina Lillig Memorial Fund is to support the growth and development of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd through catechist formation, missionary outreach, and the work of The United States Association of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGSUSA). To these ends, the Tina Lillig Memorial Fund offers a source of (1) financial aid (in the form of partial scholarships) to applicants who would find paying the full tuition of a course to be a hardship; (2) grants for missionary outreach to organizations working to open atria in under-served regions of the United States; and (3) also supports the purpose, mission and vision of the United States Association through direct support to the Association and its Endowment fund.

All applicants for financial aid or grants from the Fund must be a member of The United States Association of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGSUSA). Read more about the scholarship and grant process, to review requirements, and to submit applications.

Thank You Gift

A small thank you gift, often a small pack of mustard seeds, to enhance your work with the children.

Your Support Matters

There are many ways to help support the ongoing mission of The United States Association of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. 
Ways to Give
Adult Courses

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.

The CGS Approach

Find an Atrium

CGS in the Home
CGS in the Parish
CGS in the School

Discover CGS

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.

CGS in the World
CGS and Ecumenism

Roman Catholic Tradition

Episcopal Tradition

Orthodox Tradition

32 Points of Reflection
CBP en Espanol
Children with Disabilities
Justice and Solidarity

Learn with CGS

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.

Courses for Adults
Host a Course
Register a Course
Scholarships & Grants

Good Shepherd and the Child Podcast

The Journal
Document Library

Connect to CGSUSA

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.

Become a Member
Member Benefits
Individual Membership
Organization Membership
Regions & Regional Groups
CGSUSA Leadership: Staff & Board
Annual Meeting
CGSUSA Vendor Members - Digital Source List

Support CGSUSA

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.

Leadership: Staff and Board of Trustees
Contact Us
Ways to Give
TLM Memorial Fund
Tribute Gifts
Sustainable Giving