Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
What is Cursillo?
What is Cursillo …..
In brief Cursillo is a living expression of Christ's love lived out in a weekend community that is filled with color, joy, music and a new friendships in Christ. It is an experience much easier to live than it is to describe.
That’s why we say, “It’s an experience too good not to pass on.”
Because the movement began in Spain it retains several of it’s Spanish terms. ( see History for more information) The word Cursillo translates as “ Short Corse” which begins with the three day weekend.
The Three Day weekend:
The weekend offers an opportunity to grow in faith and spirituality while gaining a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how they can be fully expressed in our lives. It is an experience of living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian environment. Across the country, Weekends are offered following a three-day schedule that begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday evening. ALL Weekends include the same fifteen talks, on the basic tenants of the faith along with five meditations and daily Eucharist.
After the Weekend …
The time after the Weekend is known as the “Fourth Day” and it extends for the rest of our lives. Persons returning from a Weekend are encouraged to actively participate in and take encouragement from activities of the Fourth Day. The Cursillo community offers an ongoing means of support to individuals who are seeking ways to live fully into their baptismal vows.
What’s expected of participants …
The weekend will serve you best if you are able to be open and willing to respond to what you experience, to share your responses to the talks with others, and to allow them to share their responses with you. It is a rare opportunity to make a genuine effort to discover where you are in your relationship with Christ, where you would like that relationship to be and a learn about a selection of tools to help you accomplish it. You can rest assured in the knowledge that you are accepted where you are and exactly as you are, and that no specific response is will ever be expected of you.