Welcome to Rockford Cursillo
Cursillos in Christianity is a movement that, through a method of its own tries to, and through God’s grace manages to; enable the essential realities of the Christian to come to life in the uniqueness, originality, and creativity of each person. In becoming aware of their potential and while accepting their limitations they exercise their freedom by their conviction, strengthen their will with their decision, to propitiate friendship in virtue of their constancy in both their personal and community life.
The Cursillo Movement consists of proclaiming the best news of the best reality: that God, in Christ, loves us. Communicated by the best means, which is friendship towards the best of each one, which is his being person and his capacity of Conviction, Decision, and Constancy.
And what needs to be emphasized today, now, and immediately in order to be on the cutting edge of today’s debate is to facilitate and make possible for every person to encounter oneself always and absolutely essential in order to be able to encounter God and others.
About Rockford Cursillo
The full name is “Cursillo De Christianad”, meaning “short course in Christianity”. It is a movement of Christian renewal, started in Spain in 1944 by Bishop Juan Hervas and Dr. Eduardo Bonin. Although it is quite different from a retreat, the Cursillo weekend complements a retreat.
The first Cursillo in the United States took place in 1957, when Spanish air cadets, who had come to this country for training, held a Cursillo in Texas. From 1957-1961 the weekends were in Spanish. The first English Cursillo weekend in the US was held in 1961. Today, with the blessing of the Pope, the Cursillo Movement is a worldwide movement with centers in nearly all South and Central American countries, Canada, Mexico, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Yugoslavia, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and several African countries.
The planning for the first Cursillo in the Rockford Diocese started late in 1962 for the weekend held August 1963. The first 5 weekends were held for Men only. Ten years later, Bishop Arthur O’Neill attended a Cursillo. Up until 1995 the weekends were held at different parishes throughout the diocese. The Rockford Diocese is unique in that we have one movement for both Spanish and English speaking communities. The Spanish weekends started in 1995. We have held 97 English men’s weekends, 87 English women’s weekends along with men’s & women’s Spanish weekends.
We currently have over 50 priest and over 25 deacons in the Rockford Diocese that have lived a weekend. Out of 106 parishes in the diocese 71 parishes have parishioners who are Cursillistas.
School of LeadersPatron Saint – St. Paul
The School of Leaders is the element that is essential to continuity and development of the Cursillo Movement. It forms and develops Cursillo leaders in the mentality of the movement and offers a Christian community for support. It is a place of formation whereby we grow in our commitment to Christ and the mission of the Church.
Is the Lord calling you to a deeper commitment to be a Cursillo Apostolate? Would you like to learn more about the methods of Cursillo and serve Christ through leadership in the movement?
School of Leaders meetings held Thursdays at St. Charles Borromeo, Hampshire at 7pm