Uit een nieuwsbericht van de Amerikaanse vereniging voor de Catechese van de Goede Herder:
A young boy works with the Good Shepherd material, slowly moving the Shepherd followed by the sheep around the sheepfold one by one. When he is finished he draws a picture of the Shepherd and the sheep and proclaims: “The Good Shepherd calls His sheep by name. He knows them all by heart!” Where did this happen? The amazing thing is that it could have happened anywhere in the world where children can enter into the peaceful environment known as the atrium.
Around the country, CGSUSA member catechists are following the voice of our Shepherd and being led out, too, beyond our work with children in our home atria, to introduce the love of the Good Shepherd through this beautiful work we call the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. In the last year, indigenous children in Peru, children with HIV in Calcutta, and orphaned children in Honduras all discovered God’s love for them in prepared atrium environments made possible by missionary members of our association. Just as Sofia Cavalletti brought the joy of catechesis to us in the United States nearly thirty seven years ago, so now we follow in her footsteps by sharing with others a similar joy and hope for universal community in relationship with God.
Many throughout the country and beyond, in different situations and diverse denominations are discovering this beautiful work with children. At our recent Formation Leaders’ Training Course in Atlanta, participants included Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, and Eastern Orthodox catechists. Membership in our association includes catechists from Africa, Pakistan, Norway, and the Netherlands.