San Bernardino

Cursillo in Action

In Palm Springs, March 29,2014, the Cursillistas of San Bernardino Diocese attended Mass at Our Lady of Solitude to start off the annual Evangelization Walk. Mass was celebrated by Fr Ochoa. The Walk was conducted through Palm Springs downtown lead by youth carrying the processional Cross. Art Obregon led the Rosary as the Walkers passed by businesses and restaurants. Where diners were eating their meals Art paused to pray the blessing of the food and of the diners. Other Cursillistas also prayed and sang as they walked. This event is a Multicultural gathering of the English, Filipino, Spanish and Vietnamese to help others become aware of Jesus in all of our lives. The three mile Walk was concluded by sharing a meal – lunch at St Theresa Hall. The Cursillistas in Christianity thank the parishes of Our Lady of Solitude and St Theresa for their welcoming of the Evangelization Walk in Palm Springs, CA.

Think First

If you’ve encountered Christ but have been reluctant to really jump in and change, now’s the time. It’s like a yard sale for the soul. Everything (you know) must go, so that God’s will is all that’s left.  ~ from: Zealous


  • Olivia Obregon- Lay Director
  • Henry Becerra – Secretary
  • Nancy Franks  – Treasurer
  • Art Castillo – Pre-Cursillo
  • Dottie Eravi – Post Cursillo
  • Vera Hernandez – Cursillo Chair
  • John Casarez – School of Leaders
  • Father Ed Gomez – Spiritual Advisor


San Diego

Welcome to the website of the Filipino Cursillo Movement of San Diego, California.

This website is published and maintained as a means of communication and source of information of the Cursillistas not only in San Diego, but also throughout the United States and beyond.

The Cursillo Movement is a movement of the Church which, with its own method, makes it possible to live what is fundamental for being a Christian, in order to create nuclei of Christians who engage in leavening their environments with the gospel, helping to discern and achieve their personal vocations with respect to the same.

-The Fundamental Ideas of the Cursillo Movement.


Cursillo of Fairfield County

Cursillo is a 3-day introductory course to a life-long discipline of Christian Spirituality for Catholic Adults. It is a recognized Movement of the Roman Catholic Church.

Cursillo offers us a method after the 3-day experience to deepen our personal conversion from being merely a believer in God to realizing that each of us is a cherished child of the Father, a beloved sister or brother to Christ, and a temple and partner of the Holy Spirit.

We grow in community in Christ by our sustained sharing, prayer and study in small “friendship groups” weekly. Each month we gather with other “friendship groups” in Bridgeport, Bethel and Stamford for Ultreya, the reunion of all the small groups of Cursillistas.

There is also a monthly opportunity to study our faith and the Cursillo movement at our “School of Leaders” which take place both in Monroe and Stamford each month.

Whether you are a Cursillista already or interested in finding out more about Cursillo, please feel free to join us at an Ultreya. Click on the Calendar tab for upcoming dates.

You may also want to visit the National Cursillo website for additional information at

Thank you for logging on to our Website. Please contact us if you need any additional information or have any questions.

De Colores!

Father Edward McAuley, Spiritual Director

Gina Donnarummo, Lay Director



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


Diocese of Wichita in Kansas

The Roman Catholic Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Wichita in Kansas welcomes you!

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions


Universal: Peace
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Evangelization: Consecrated life

That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of
following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.


Universal: Prisoners
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: Separated spouses

That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.


Universal: Scientists
That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women
That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Universal: Creation
That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God.
Evangelization: Persecuted Christians

That persecuted Christians may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church.


Universal: Care for the suffering
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbors who suffer, especially the sick
Evangelization: Openness to mission

That Mary’s intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus. and the poor.


Welcome to the Cursillo Movement of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

Please Pray with me “the Prayer of the Cursillista”

Lord, help us to use our time, our talents, our lives for the building up of Your Kingdom. Instill courage into our initiatives, good judgment in our choice of the proper means, and that determination which assures success even in times of seeming failures.

Move us above all discourtesy, sensitivities and rivalries, which not only discourage and divide us, but lead us away from loving You and each other. Help each one strive for the gift of Your unselfish love that will embold us to prefer the more humble tasks and rejoice in the good done by others.

Lord, let all see Your attractive goodness marked on all our faces, Your warm accents in all our works and in our community, a unity and a holiness that proclaims Your living presence in our midst.

St. Paul, Patron of the Cursillo. Pray for us.

To Send us mail, the Albany Cursillo mailing address is:

Cursillo in Christianity
PO Box 8714
Albany, NY 12208-9998



Welcome to Archdiocese of Portland Oregon !

We hope your visit with us will be an uplifting experience.

The Cursillo Movement is a movement of the Catholic Church, where the lay faithful working together with our priests and bishops, use the cursillo method to find, form, sustain and link Lay Leaders for Christ and His church. Cursillo is a means of supporting Christian Community.

“TAKE A CHRISTIAN or a handful of Christians who, in the midst of their own community, show their capacity for understanding and acceptance, their sharing of life and destiny with other people, their solidarity with efforts of all for whatever is noble and good. Let us suppose that, in addition, they radiate in an altogether simple and unaffected way their faith in values that go beyond current values, and their hope in something that is not seen and that one would not dare to imagine. Through this wordless witness these Christians stir up irresistible questions in the hearts of those who see how they live: Why are they like this? Why do they live in this way? What or who is it that inspires them? Why are they in our midst? Such a witness is already a silent proclamation of the Good News and a very powerful and effective one.”

Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Exhortation on Evangelization in the Modern World

Cursillos In Christianity

In today’s world can Christianity penetrate the many areas of secular life? Can it live there? Can it grow there? Can it transform the world in a way that is more fruitful than the past and in keeping with the times? The Cursillo Movement thinks so. It proposes no new type of spirituality, but simply a method through which one’s spirituality may be developed, lived and shared in any area of human life where there are Christians willing to dedicate their lives to God in an ongoing manner. The method is introduced by a little course.

Format Of The Exercises

Cursillo (pronounced kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word meaning “little” or “short course.” It begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday night. During those three days those attending live and work together listening to talks given by priests and laity. They also share the Eucharist and pray together.

The titles of the talks indicate their content: Ideal, Habitual Grace, The Lay Person in the Curch, Actual Grace, Piety, Study, The Sacraments, Action (Lay Evangelization), Obstacles to a life of Grace, Leaders, Study of the Environment, Life in Grace, Christianity in Action, The Cursillista beyond the Cursillo, and Group Reunion. Each talk is followed by a discussion period.

The Fourth Day

The “after” activity of the Cursillo is known as the “fourth day.” During this time perseverance is important just as it is in any method of renewal. In the cursillo Movement the community spirit is continued after the three days through the “ultreya” or reunions of the community. These are available weekly as a means of growth in understanding and zeal within the Christian community. Reunions of smaller groups of friends are also available in order for them to encourage one another in friendship, spiritual improvement and the Christian apostolate.

Encounter With Christ

A Cursillo is an encounter with Christ. That sounds too simple but it’s not. Think about it. A real meeting with Christ. If that is understood then the power, beauty and joy of the Cursillo Movement will be understood. Interested? Attend one!

Christianizing Environments

The Cursillo is an encounter with Christ. Correctly applied and overseen the Cursillo Movement can have very positive results in the spiritual revitalization of the world. The Christ-likeness in a few good people is contagious. The transference of Christ’s values to others in one’s family, school, place of business, etc., is the Christianizing of environments the Cursillo promotes. The goal of the movement is that Christ be the prime influence in society. So it is said that the PRIMARY OBJECTIVES of the Cursillo Movement are to develop in adult Christians a consciousness of their power and mission to become leaders in the work of Christian renewal, and to sustain them as they provide a Christian leaven in civic, social and economic life. This “Christianizing of environments” is what the Cursillo Movement is all about.

Rapid City

Diocese of Rapid City Cursillo Movement

Welcome Friend,

Cursillo is about three encounters; self, Christ, and community. Through the use of piety, study and action and through sharing our triumphs and failures at our friendship groups we work to become the “Good News,” not just preach it. By doing so, our goal is to naturally lead others to Jesus Christ and support the mission of the church.

School of Leaders:

The School of Leaders (SOL) is where we grow together with heart and spirit as we enrich our minds and share our thoughts with the community who’s desire it is to channel, establish, help sustain, and train leaders to Sheppard the movement.

Currently, we meet on the Second Friday each month at 07:00 until 08:30 in the large meeting room below the Rectory of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City.

Friendship Groups:

Meet weekly to encourage, share with, support and recharge each other’s spiritual battery.

Men’s Groups:

  • Location: Millstone on West Main St.
    Day: Wednesday
    Time: 6:30pm
    Members: Tom Bo, Ed Hu, Pete Ne, Larry Ke, and Dave El
  • Location: Bully Blends
    Day: Saturday
    Time: 7am
    Also: some of us meet the hour prior at St. Theresa Church to visit Blessed Sacrament and say a 911 for life
    Members: Dave An, Jim Ja, Chad Ca, Bob Me, Chuck Ra, Jerry Ko, Tom Co, Charlie Ro, Jim Bl, Fr. John Lu, Ron Dr, and Hugh Br

Women’s Groups:

  • Location: Wendys on Cathedral Dr.
    Day: Monday
    Time: 5:30pm
    Members: Jo Br, Peg We, Carol Br, Vivian and Diane An
  • Location: Strandell’s House
    Day: Tuesday
    Time: Noon
    Members: Claire Me, Lynda J-I, Shirley Dr, Mary St, and Audrey
  • Location: B & L Bagel
    Day: Wednesday
    Members: Nancy Ne, Teresa Sp, Katie Sc, and Audrey La
  • Location: Breakfast Nook on La Crosse
    Day: Saturday
    Time: 7am
    Members: Pat Ca, Angie Ca, Elaine Ko, Brenda Ev, Margie Wa, and Diane An
  • Location: Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, Room
    Day: Friday
    Time: 12:30
    Members: Bonnie Be, Elka Ka, and Shirley Dr


We in the Houston Galveston area are blessed with not only a large thriving Metropolitan area but also a Cursillo Community of 4 language groups. We have active Ultreyas and 4th Day communities for English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese Cursillistas.

This Archdiocese had been blessed with its own Cursillo Center. The Center not only handles the meetings and Cursillo weekends for 3 of the Communities but is also used by other Communities for some of their retreat weekends. Our address is

St Paul Cursillo Center
4000 Belk
Houston, TX 77087


Cursillo, What is it?

Cursillo is an ongoing worldwide spiritual renewal movement intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The movement’s approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”

The Cursillo experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God’s grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, daily Mass and Holy Communion . The “Cursillo community,” made up of those who have attended a Cursillo short course, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Cursillo Short Course typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.

During and after the three days, Cursillo leaders encourage participants to meet regularly in small groups. The members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living. Participants seek to Christianize their environments of family, job, and community through the ministry of their congregations. The three-day Cursillo experience and follow-up groups strengthen and renew Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.

Scholl of Leaders

  • English School of Leaders meets every Monday at the St. Paul Cursillo Center at 6:30 PM.
  • Spanish School of Leaders meets every Tuesday at the St. Paul Cursillo Center.
  • Vietnamese School of Leaders meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at the St. Paul Cursillo Center.


Welcome To The Yakima Cursillo Community

School of Leaders

We invite all Cursillistas who desire to make the Cursillo Movement their apostolic vocation to attend one of the following Schools of Leaders:

  • Christ the King Parish, Richland 9AM to 11AM every third Saturday in the Youth Center (old convent).
  • St Paul’s Cathedral Parish, Yakima 6PM to 7PM every second Monday in the gathering room.
  • Holy Apostles Parish, East Wenatchee 7:30PM in gym on Fridays alternating with Ultreyas.
  • Christ the King Church, Richland, 1st Monday, Rosary 6:30PM, Meeting 7:00 PM.
  • at Louis and Marilyn Robert’s condo, Yakima, 2nd Monday, back conference room 7:30 PM.
  • St. Aloysius rectory, Toppenish, Last Wednesday of the Month, 7:00 PM.
  • Holy Apostles, E Wenatchee, 2nd Thursday, 7:30 PM.
  • St. Mary’s Parish Hall, White Swan, 4th Monday, 6:00 PM, potluck.
  • Moses Lake and Warden, Alternating Every Monday, 7:00 PM.


Spiritual Director

Father John O’Shea
Holy Spirit Parish, Kennewick

Lay Director

Dan Sisk
Christ the King Parish, Richland


Diane Turley
St. Joseph Parish, Sunnyside

Committee Members

Mary Garcia
St. Mary’s Parish, White Swan

Debbie Patterson
Holy Apostles, E. Wenatchee

Flora Matt
St. Joseph’s Parish, Wenatchee

Virgil/Rita Warren
Holy Spirit Parish, Kennewick

Trish Wilmoth
Holy Apostles Parish, East Wenatchee

Steve Kearny
Holy Apostles, E. Wenatchee

Kathy Kearny
Holy Apostles, E. Wenatchee