What is Cursillo ?
Cursillo (pronounced cur-SEE-yo) is a Spanish word meaning "short
course"; it might be best described as a seminar. Cursillo, in this
context, means "a short course in Christianity". It begins
with a three day weekend, starting on a Thursday evening and continuing until Sunday
evening. The weekend consists of daily celebration of the Mass, visits to
the Blessed Sacrament, talks, meditations, and good old-fashioned Christian
fellowship. The goal of the weekend is to empower the attendee to become a
Christian leader in each of his or her environments.
Attendees on Cursillo weekends are sponsored by other members of the
movement. If you live within the Diocese of Tulsa or north Texas, and you think
Cursillo might be for you, feel free to attend the monthly Ultreya meeting
nearest you (click here for a list of dates, times and locations).
To explain Cursillo to someone
who has never experienced Cursillo is at best, difficult. Often, for
those who have experienced Cursillo it is still somewhat mystifying.
This is not because the Cursillo Movement is a "secret"
organization. The reason behind the mystery is God. No one can fully
explain how God touches each person in His special/unique way throughout
the various elements of the Cursillo Movement. This website cannot
explain the mystery of God. The website will, however, attempt to
explain the human aspect behind the Cursillo Movement.
Throughout this website you will find references to concepts that at
one time seemed foreign to Catholics. Evangelization is probably the one
that comes to mind first. For many years Catholics looked upon
evangelization as "something the Protestants did." Today, in
Church, we hear a great deal about evangelization. Still for some of us,
we automatically think of going out two-by two (with Bible in hand) and
knocking on people's doors. Nothing could be further from the
In the Cursillo Movement we approach evangelization as a very
natural act of being Christlike within each of our daily activities.
We realize that while most people would like to live their lives in a
Christ-like manner, the pressures of the world often make this
difficult. The Cursillo Movement provides a method and a technique to
provide each of us with the tools, the mentality, the strength, and the
support to make this natural type of evangelization possible.
Sometimes this website will have other statements that are basically
the same as evangelization. Statements such as: