Dear Friends,

Peace and love of Christ be with you all! I would like to draw your attention to two matters.

School of Leaders

First of all, I would like to invite all of you to attend the School of Leaders this Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 7PM to 9PM at Queen of Apostles Church, 4911 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129. These sessions are always informative.

Fr. Angelo, Pastor of St. Julie Billiart, will be giving the doctrine talk on Christian Discipleship and Mickey Salem will give the technique talk on Principles Behind the Cursillo Movement.

I encourage you all to attend – especially those who are on the teams for the upcoming weekends. It is a great way to reconnect and the community will miss you when you are not there. I hope to see you all there!

If you can, please RSVP on the Facebook Event.

Lay Director Opening

My three-year term as Lay Director ends this June 2019. Together with the three years served in other Secretariat roles prior to becoming Lay Director, I will conclude six years of service on the Secretariat.

It has been a joy and blessing to walk this journey with each one of you. It is through your prayers that I have been able to fulfill these commitments. Thank you for all your support and prayers!

As a result of the coming end to my term as Lay Director, the position is now open for nominations.

Nominations for the position of Lay Director may be made by any Cursillista (for themselves or others). The nominations should be made in writing listing the qualifications of the nominee and submitted to Chris Basanese by either:

  • Email:
    • (Please use the Contact Us)
    • Subject: Lay Director Nomination
  • Mail:
    • San Jose Cursillo Secretariat
    • Attn: Chris Basanese
    • P.O. Box 6648
    • San Jose, CA 95150

Nominations received will be screened by the Secretariat to determine their acceptability to be a candidate. All individuals nominated will be contacted following the receipt of their nomination.

The complete process for fulfilling the position of along with qualifications for the candidate for the Lay Director is outlined in Article III of our By-Laws. Please click here to read the By-Laws of the Diocese of San Jose Cursillo Secretariat (English Branch) or read the Article III excerpt below.

Nominations for Lay Director will be open until April 1, 2019. We will have Lay Director discernment in May with more details in the future on the date, time and location for discernment.

Please prayerfully consider the open position and send me an email.

In Conclusion …

Know that you are all in my prayers each day. If you ever have any questions, concerns or even things you are happy about that you wish to share with me – send me an e-mail message and I will do my best to respond by email or phone.

Chris Basanese
Lay Director

Excerpt from Article III of the San Jose Cursillo Bylaws

The following qualifications to be a candidate for Lay Director are listed in the San Jose Cursillo bylaws:

  • The candidate must be a baptized Catholic, in good standing, and an active member of their parish.
  • A candidate must be willing to make Cursillo their primary ministry for the duration of their term.
  • The candidate should be open to the prayerful guidance of the Holy Spirit and follow the guidelines of the founders of the Cursillo Movement.
  • A candidate needs to be an active participant in the Cursillo movement to ensure continuity of thought and programs.
  • It is not necessary that a candidate be a past Rector or Rectora. It is necessary that a candidate have a solid grasp of the “Cursillo Method” and have the experience of working on at least two Cursillo Weekends including one core team.

Please click here to read the By-Laws of the Diocese of San Jose Cursillo Secretariat (English Branch).