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Benefits to Membership

We come together in unity, as members of this Association, to support one another and share the joy of this work. 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 in this work, as we prepare materials, work in the atrium, and observe the child. It is crucial for us as families and faith communities to accompany one another on this journey.

From the beginning of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, it has been a practice of catechists to spend a significant amount of time with each other after the children had left the atrium to discuss, with particular attentiveness, the religious life of the child. This practice has also built deep and sustaining friendships among the catechists. So often when catechists gather, there is this feeling of “we have already met” that is experienced and celebrated.


Access to Membership Directory

Connect with catechists in similar situations, who serve in the same level, or who have skills to help you.


Event Discounts and Formation Scholarships

We offer event discounts and formation course scholarships for Heartland members.

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Voting Privileges

Members are eligible to serve on the Heartland Board of Trustees, and can participate in the annual election of trustees.

Membership is Free!

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Membership in The United States Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd connects you with catechists and supporters from across the United States and even around the world, who share a commitment to the Christian formation of children. Your membership support not only gives you access to wonderful resources in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, but also helps the association spread the word about how a relationship with the Good Shepherd can change the lives of adults and nourish the spiritual growth of children.

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