San Jose Cursillo
Welcome to the San Jose English-speaking Cursillo Movement (Catholic Diocese)
Make a Friend, Be a Friend, Bring a Friend to Christ
Cursillo is a designated "Lay Movement" of the Catholic Church that normally begins with a person attending a three-day weekend retreat. The proper name
is Cursillo de Cristiandad (short course of Christianity).
After the weekend, the Cursillista (someone who has made a Cursillo Weekend), has the opportunity to continue their Cursillo journey (if they want to) via many different venues such
as renewal retreats, social and spiritual gatherings, small prayer groups, socials (dances, golf tournaments, etc), working on retreat weekends, etc.
The emphasis of the Cursillo Movement is to have people experience God's love via a beautiful weekend and then develop a closer personal relationship with Him while personally trying
to make a positive difference in themselves and the world: their work environment, friends, parish, family.
The Cursillo Movement began in 1947 and, today, there are over five million Cursillistas
worldwide in sixty different countries. Within the San Jose Diocese there are approximately
four thousand Catholic Cursillistas. They are broken into five distinct and active
Cursillo Movements: English, Filipino, Hispanic, Vietnamese and Korean. Each organization
is responsible for its own weekends and social/spiritual activities and each has
its own active Community. The following represents the respective Movements and
the Lay Director responsible for each organization:
The Catholic Cursillo Movement is active within most of the Dioceses of
California and the United States. In the event you are looking for a Protestant
based Cursillo Movement, a Catholic Movement or a different Cursillo Culture
in some other Diocese, please feel free to contact Chris Basanese for possible answers to your questions. You are also encouraged
to connect with the National Cursillo
website and the San Jose Catholic Diocese
Are you interested in attending a Cursillo Weekend?
We specifically encourage people who are thinking about attending a Cursillo
Weekend to fill an application,
this page has details for filling an application online or to mail in an
You are also encouraged to look at the section titled "Why
Cursillo." This section will give you detailed information on what
the Weekend is all about. The other sections of this website cover our Movement's
activities, newsletter, announcements, administrative functions, applications
for attending or working a Weekend, education, special prayers, National
Cursillo and San Jose Diocese connections, etc.
In the event you have any questions you may send them via the "Contact Cursillo" section of this website. Your
questions will be answered as soon as possible.
Thank you again for your review of this website. We encourage your questions and involvement in this wonderful Movement of the Church and God's work.
God Bless and De Colores,
(Lay Director for the San Jose English Cursillo Movement)
2016, San Jose Cursillo