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What is Cursillo? Cursillo is a movement of the church. Its purpose is to help those in the church understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. The leadership may be exercised in work situations, in the family and social life, in leisure activities, and within the Church environment. Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us.
What is the Goal of Cursillo? The goal of Cursillo is the goal of the Church: to bring all to Christ. This is done when informed, trained leaders set out with the support of others having a similar commitment.
What does Cursillo do? It helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment. Cursillo is one of many renewal movements. Many people have said Cursillo provides an important learning experience which causes many to feel like newly made Christians with a purpose and with support.
What is the Cursillo Movement About? Cursillo is patterned on Jesus’ own example. He searched out and called a small group of potential leaders (pre-Cursillo); He trained them by word and example and inspired them with a vision (Three-Day Weekend); He linked them together and sent them out into the world to bring the world to Him (the Fourth Day).
Pre-Cursillo: During this period, sponsors (i.e. those individuals that have been to the three-day Cursillo weekend and are living the Fourth Day) identify those Episcopalians who are leading an active Christian life and are a living witness to their love for Christ, recommending their candidacy. It is also the period that selected candidates are informed of what to expect at the three-day weekend and assisted in appropriate preparations.
The Three-Day Weekend: These three days bring together a diverse group of Episcopalians to share the richness of many modes of worship and to broaden each one’s appreciation for our Church. Lay people conduct the weekend with two or three members of the clergy functioning as spiritual advisors. Cursillo presumes that those who attend are already well grounded in the faith. It is not intended to be a conversion experience but an enriching and deepening of what is already there. It often provides new insights into our faith as well as fostering ministry among lay people. The weekend begins Thursday evening spent in the Chapel with meditations and discussions. Then blessed silence is kept until after the worship on Friday morning. After breakfast participants are assigned to table groups for the weekend. The three days are filled with talks and group discussions with emphasis on the doctrine of Grace, the Sacraments, and the great Cursillo tripod: Piety, Study, and Action. Plus there is fellowship, singing, good food, and time for privacy, meditation, prayer, and walks. Eucharist is celebrated each day.
The Fourth Day: The Cursillo weekend is not an end to itself. It is a starting point that lasts the rest of your life and a springboard to a long-range practice of the Baptismal Covenant in the life of the Church called the Fourth Day. The Fourth Day is composed of three major elements:
- The Group Reunion, the heart of Cursillo, is a small group of friends (usually 3-5) who meet weekly, and who hold each other accountable for their spiritual journey. They report on their piety, their study, and their apostolic action. A bonding develops that institutes a strong support group for life.
- The Ultreya which is usually held monthly, is a “reunion of the reunions”. It provides support and builds community by allowing the sharing of communal experiences.
- Spiritual Direction is an important element of the Cursillo Movement. It is a commitment to seek out skilled lay persons or clergy for spiritual direction to provide help in deepening their union with Christ.
News and Stories from Cursillo
UPDATE: this post has been updated to indicate that the cost to attend weekend has been waived. It’s free, a gift from the Cursillo community. Cursillo #3 has been rescheduled for January 8-11, 2015 at Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center in Glen Rose. Marti … Continue reading
UPDATE: this post has been updated to indicate that the cost to attend weekend has been waived. It’s free, a gift from the Cursillo community. Would you like to meet more of your Episcopal church family around the diocese? How about a … Continue reading
The Cursillo report to the 2014 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is submitted by John Banks. You may download a PDF of this report here. The Cursillo movement is alive and well in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. With the … Continue reading
Why go to Cursillo? Here are two reflections on the lasting impact of Cursillo on lives of lay and ordained alike. The Rev. Tracie Middleton, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Hurst I’m grateful for the opportunities Cursillo provides for meeting … Continue reading
Why give up a long weekend for Cursillo? Because the rewards are enormous and lifelong, according to people in the diocese who have attended. Here is what some Fort Worth Episcopalians say about their Cursillo experience and its impact on … Continue reading
Save the date! Cursillo #3 will be at Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center in Glen Rose September 11-14, 2014. Cursillo is… an opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and … Continue reading
Cursillo #2 will be November 21 – 24, 2013 at Glen Lake Camp in Glen Rose, Texas. This weekend offers a time for renewal, refreshment, and recommitment to living for Christ. The cost for this weekend is $200. Read frequently-asked questions about Cursillo. Questions? Want more … Continue reading