A Brief History of Cursillo

The earliest beginnings of Cursillo took place in Mallorca Spain prior to WWII in the Roman Catholic Church. Under the leadership of their Bishop, a group of laymen were seeking a means of involving more men in the activities of the church and evangelization of their community. Using the basic principle of "Make a Friend, Be a friend, Bring a friend to Christ " they formed small groups to educate "friends" in the community in the basic tenets of the faith, and encourage them to develop a relationship with the Lord. WWII interrupted their plans, but soon after the war they began to seek a faster way of building the small groups to support each other. The Three Day Cursillo weekend was created to fill this need, and has been successful through out the world ever since.  Cursillo came to the United Sates through Spanish airmen in Waco Texas in 1957. It soon spread to the Episcopal church under sponsorship of the Roman Catholic church. Since then it has spread throughout the nation, in every State and, under several other names, to many other denominations.

The movement came to the Diocese of Southern Virginia in 1978, with the help of Cursillistas from North Carolina. Blessed by the movement and wanting to share it with others, Cursillistas from this diocese ventured to the Virgin Islands in 2002, to serve on the team for that diocese’s first Cursillo weekend.

While the Three-Day Weekend is typically a wonderful experience, the Cursillo Method involves much more than just putting on weekends. In the hands of com¬mitted clergy and lay Christians, Cursillo has emerged as a mature instrument to empower the ministry of the laity.

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John Keifer

Martha Jenkins

Cameron Cooke

Martha Jenkins

Jim Nelson

Helen Cobb

Bob Clayton

Jane Price

Mike Donegan

 

E.D. Dunton

Barbara Grice

Richard Austin

Jane Price

Gil Taylor

Carman Hoffman

Bob Lee

Gail Taylor

Ricks Wilson

Frances Dunton

 

Sandra Tumminello

Roddy Delk

Cynthia Lee

Alex Grice

Teri Nelson

Bill Moore

 

Frank Bragg

Gloria Brooks

Frank Gwathmey

Evelyn Delk

Jim Bickford

Margaret Moore

Ash Cutchin

Roo Grayson

Jeff Jones

Marietta Gwathmey

 

Shirley Eaton

Bill Mack

 

Buck Tumminello

Peggy Woodall

Allan Sharrett

Martha Scott

Roddy Delk

Betsy Sharrett

Glen Cronan

June Austin

Sam Adams

Ginna Cutchin

Corky Brooks

Pam Farnsworth

Hall Hardenburgh

Molly Lundle

 

Susan Grimm

Charlie Wootton

Anne Andrews

Fella Rhodes

Kaki Swann

John Meng

Kathy Wootton

Phil McCaleb

Betty Steiner

 

Nancy Jones

Crennie Reed

Pat Brown

Brooks Harris

Peggy Barker

Anne Kellett (Virgin Islands #1)

Gene Lowery

Donna Lowery

Dick Condit

Stacy Rhodes

Bob Graham

Cassandra Norsworthy

Judy Parrish

Mac Todd

Martha Fraher

Wayne Mangigian

Lynn Tulou

Art Hildebrand

Randy Harris

Jan Harrison

Saint Lee

Bea Miller

Lois Clouse

Scott Reed

Francis Wilson

Jim Duval

Pat Harris

Ben Lehman

Norris John

Carol Gibbs

Duncan Bell

Linda Harris

Ann Butler

Doug Weymouth

Sharon Parker

Gary Butterworth

Bunny Neff

Frances Barber

Torsten Peterson

Carolyn Beane

Curt Womble

Sandra Keeney

Carter Cowles

Al Hill

Carol Peterson

Cindy Dillon

Della Anspach

George Butler

Tommy Sitzler

Angie Lowry

Ron McKeon

Joan Raybourn

David Adams

Chris Butterworth

Tom Bailes

Debbie Vance

Bruce Comfort

Chris Cooper

Julia Madden

Al Beane

Lisa Adams

George Sage

Grace VanDerveer (Cancelled)

Laurie Brown

Peter Lowry

Patti Van Ohlen

Suzanne Cowles

Mark Gilbert

Nancy Comfort

Gwen Bunyard

Ames Herbert

Marti Jones

Charlie Schindler

Al Bunyard

Nancy Aschiero

 

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Deb Love

Bill Anspach

Doug Bullett

Lynn Coates

Sara Thurmond

Jim Thurmond (Cancelled)

Kim Woodley

Stew Wolfe

Mac Todd

Bee Betts

Elizabeth Schindler

Richard Haus

Julee Herbert

Richard Toll

Joe Jerauld

Susan Summerlin

Ronda Toll

Gerry Lopez

Jim Thurmond

Tina Sinclair

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