is a worldwide movement of the Christian Church which
seeks to make it possible to live out what is fundamental
to being a Christian. Cursillo is a Spanish word
meaning short course. In this case it is a short
course in Christian living. As a movement, it had its
origin on the island of Majorca, Spain, in the late
1940's as a means for reviving commitment in the Roman
Catholic Church. Its method has been adapted by a number
of denominations throughout the world.
may take part?
Anglican Cursillo Three Days is open to all practising
Anglicans through a sponsorship program. Separate weekends
are held for men and women as it has been found that
people are less inhibited in same gender groups.
can I expect?
shared experience within a small group in a unique Christian
community; a way of spiritual renewal through teaching,
sacraments, devotions and ministry in an atmosphere
of fellowship and trust. There is nothing dull about
Cursillo! It is a joyous workshop in the fundamentals
of the Christian faith. It involves a series of talks
and discussions that are interspersed with prayer, singing,
sharing, times of reflection, times of laughter and
perhaps a few tears. Meditations, the Eucharist and
devotional periods are also an integral part of the
Three Days. Some of the topics covered by the talks
are Grace, Faith, Piety, [What is my] Ideal, Sacraments,
the lay person as the Church in the world, Leaders and
the Christian life.
typical Cursillo Three Days is attended by 30-40 people,
including both the candidates and the serving
team. The candidates are people from all
walks of life. Many are eager for the experience, while
others are initially just curious. Some, perhaps, are
even apprehensive. Cursillo tries to meet each individual's
needs during the Three Days. The team are Christians
who have already experienced a Cursillo Three Days and
who will share with you in all the weekend activities.
do I apply?
person who attends the Three Days needs to have a sponsor.
Your sponsor provides encouragement and assistance in
practical matters such as travel arrangements before
the weekend and ongoing support following it. You might
like to talk with someone who is already involved with
Cursillo and who may be willing to sponsor you, or speak
with your Parish Priest about it, or contact your Diocesan
Secretariat for assistance in this regard. They will
also advise you how to obtain an application form and
the procedure to follow for its completion.
diocese has its own annual program for Cursillo weekends,
the dates for which can be found on the weekends
the Three Days - What next?
Cursillo weekend is not an end in itself. It is a starting
point that lasts the rest of your life, a springboard
to a long-term practice of the Baptismal Covenant in
the life of the Church and of the world. Cursillo calls
this the Fourth Day, which is composed of three
heart of the 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.
held monthly and is a reunion of the reunions.
It provides support and builds community by allowing
the sharing of communal experiences.
important element of the Cursillo Movement. It is a
commitment to seek out skilled lay persons or clergy
to provide help to people in deepening their union with
information may be obtained from the contacts listed
on the Diocesan
reading from the Letter to the Ephesians
grace was given to each of us according to the measure
of Christ's gift. And His gifts were that some should
be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors
and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ.