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Between Memory and Hope: Anniversary Celebration

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Between Memory and Hope: Anniversary Celebration

Between Memory and Hope: 40th Anniversary of CGSUSA and 70th Anniversary of CGS in the World August 22-25, 2024 in Phoenix, AZ and in your local region! Contact Mary Heinrich […]

Between Memory and Hope:

40th Anniversary of CGSUSA and 70th Anniversary of CGS in the World

August 22-25, 2024 in Phoenix, AZ and in your local region!

Contact Mary Heinrich at [email protected] about hosting your own local regional event and how to connect with the in-person event in Arizona.

A logo featuring a shepherd with a stick, surrounded by grapevines and the text "Between Memory and Hope." Text below reads "The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd 1984-2024.

Registration information was emailed to active members of CGSUSA at the end of May 2024.

Will you help us prepare?

Called by Name: Please tell us where the atrium you serve is, the names of your catechists, and the first names of the children you serve in the atrium so we may include all their names on our prayer table when we gather next August. We ask that you email this information to Susan Stuhlsatz-Reese at [email protected]

We are counting on you! We are also happy to share that our new and improved atrium locator is now up and running! We invite you to take a first look and add your atrium if it is not there yet: Find CGS Near Me – Atrium Locator. Please consider also listing your atrium in the atrium locator.

In Loving Memory: We know many catechists have gone before us to share in the heavenly banquet, and we want to remember each of them. If you know of a catechist, caretaker, patron, or child who has died, please send us their name, a small bio or obituary, the gifts they shared with our CGS community, and, if possible, a photo. Please share with Mary Heinrich at [email protected].


Visit our Regions and Regional Groups page on the CGSUSA website.


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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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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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