Abide in my love… you shall bear much fruit.” (John 15:1-17)
- The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is open to all Christians of various denominations and of different commitments within the church.
- The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd offers its services to the diocese and therefore works in communion with the bishop.
The Characteristics of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – 32 Points of Reflection
Every year, Christian communities and churches join together to pray for the visible unity of the Church, accepting the will of Christ, who prayed “that all may be one” (John 17:21) during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which we are celebrating this week. As we gather throughout our world to pray for the unity of Christians in 2021, we celebrate the theme gifted this year to the Church from the ecumenical monastic community of Grandchamp in Switzerland, “Abide in my love… you shall bear much fruit.” (John 15:1-17)
We know how important this parable is to the children and catechists in CGS. The True Vine and His branches, the sap that nourishes the vine and the Vinedresser who is taking care of all. Each branch can produce abundant good fruit to nourish in turn the whole world. And we know that it is Jesus Christ himself who is the vine who holds us all together. Together then, especially after the upheavals and anguish of 2020, let us all remain in His love to bear the good fruit that can make 2021 a blessing for all.
We are delighted to have the Most Reverend David Talley, Bishop of Memphis, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and CGS Level I and Level II catechist, who will discuss his experience with CGS and with ecumenism.