If we want to help the child grow near to God, we should, with patience and courage...
seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. 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 Long for Joy!

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.

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A Call to Serve!

We are pleased to announce that the nomination process  for the CGSUSA Board of Trustees is now open! Service on the Board is open to all members. Those elected will begin their service  just after the annual meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Board currently has seven members each of whom serves a three-year term. This year, three board positions are open. Two current board members, Patti Franz and Barbara Matera, are offering to continue their service by standing for re-election. One current board member, Carol Hanlon, has decided not to stand for re-election.

 The role and responsibility of the Board is to ensure that our National Association remains faithful to our purpose and mission. We encourage all members of the Association to consider nominating individuals who they think might be suited to this work and have the necessary resources to facilitate this work.