The Cursillo 3-Day Weekend
Cursillo, in Spanish means “short course
in Christian living”. It is a course which
centers on the teachings of Christ. Cursillo includes
the Three-Day Weekend that begins around 7:30
p.m. on Thursday evening. Your sponsor, or co-sponsor,
if your sponsor is on the team will bring you
to the site of the weekend, a conference center or parish in the diocese. Over the next three days,
15 short talks are given by lay persons and clergy
who have spent several months working together
carefully planning and preparing for the Weekend.
The Cursillo weekend is not a retreat. Each day
is long and has a variety of planned activities.
There are frequent short breaks throughout the
weekend. Cursillo begins with a self-reflection
period on Thursday evening. After Chapel on Thursday
night, you will be asked to maintain silence until
the next morning, allowing everyone the opportunity
to think about and to look inside themselves.
This silent period will not be repeated the rest
of the weekend. The weekend is an opportunity
for you to meet clergy and laity who are seeking
to strengthen, share and grow in their faith.
It provides you an opportunity through shared
prayer, worship, fellowship, study, laughter,
tears and love to experience the reality of the
gift of God’s love freely and unconditionally
given. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated daily.
You will hear five meditations. The three-day
part of Cursillo concludes on Sunday evening.
Your sponsor will then pick you up and take you
home. Why is it called a three-day weekend when
it begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday? The
Cursillo is like the Hebrew day. The evening and
the morning comprise the day (Sunset to Sunset),
hence the three days.
There are usually two weekends each year –
one in the Spring and one in the Fall. People come from all over the Diocese. There
can be up to 28 people who are coming to a Cursillo
weekend for the first time. These individuals
will be in the classroom listening to the 15 talks
and discussing them with the other people at their
table. There will also be about 20 other people
on the weekend who are there to serve in many
capacities. These individuals have already “made
their Cursillo” and have come back to serve
on team. You only “make your Cursillo”
Please check the Calendar for the next Cursillo Weekend date and location.
Click on Application & Forms for more information
about attending a weekend or joining a weekend
team if you have already attended a weekend.
Adapted with permission from information
found on Cursillo Home Page in the Episcopal Diocese
of Alabama and the article BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
OF THE CURSILLO MOVEMENT by Stephen R. Shanks.