What is Cursillo?
An Introduction to the Cursillo Movement
According to the National Episcopal Cursillo,
the goal of Cursillo is "to change the world,
to remake the world in Christ and to restore all
things to Christ," beginning with our own
environments. The Three-Day Weekend introduces
the strategy of Cursillo – a structure or
a backbone for Christian life in every environment.
The Fourth Day represents the ways that we continue
to support each other in living that Christian
life and it consists of Group Reunion, Ultreya,
Spiritual Direction, and Communities in Action.
These things are the heart of the movement!
A Little History . . .
Cursillo actually began with small groups, which
we now call Group Reunion. Active, zealous Christian
laymen in Spain sought ways to bring Christ and
their Christian values into their real life situations.
Because the movement originated in Spain, we have
carried over many of the Spanish words originally
used. This group of men met weekly, prayed together,
and planned ways to bring Christ into their everyday
settings. They found strength and mutual encouragement
for each other as they carried out their plans
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As this
circle of friends grew, they began to hold weekend
retreats to focus on the fundamentals of Christianity,
the study of our everyday environments, and how
to take an active, intentional role as Christian
leaders and witnesses of the Gospel.
Realizing that active Christians could not survive
in isolation, the early leaders of Cursillo determined
that the small groups needed to be linked regularly
for celebration and encouragement. These regular
gatherings we call "Ultreya." This word
emphasized the need to persevere in the overwhelming
task of apostolic witness while conveying a sense
In addition to attending a Three-Day Weekend
and joining Reunion Groups and Ultreya, Spiritual
Direction is advocated as an intentional and continuous
discernment of God’s call in our lives.
Both lay and ordained individuals may be trained
to offer Spiritual Direction. People often seek
spiritual direction during a time of transition
in their lives but a Spiritual Director can also
be used as a guide for personal spiritual growth
as an ongoing discipline. The Community in Action
describes the overall Christian Community, living
out the call of Christian Leadership together.