The Three-Day Cursillo

A Cursillo (pronounced KER SEE O) is a three-day learning, sharing, experience of living in a Christian Community. The word “Cursillo” is Spanish, meaning “a short course.” Cursillo is an abbreviation of the full title: CURSILLO DE CHRISTIANDAD, which means “A Short Course in Christian Community Living.”

During the three-days of a Cursillo Weekend, a person not only hears what it really means to be a Christian but actually gets to experience the joy of building and being a part of a genuine Christian Community.

History and Purpose

The Cursillo Movement started when a group of priests and laymen in Majorca, Spain examined the condition of the Church and felt that something had to be done to assist it. From 1943 to 1947 they formulated a “method” to help renew the Church. They called it a “short course” or “short experience” in the basic teachings of Jesus, as lived with other Christians. They also developed an ongoing program for after the three-days, so that the initial enthusiasm would continue.

Cursillo was deemed an official Movement of the Catholic Church in the early sixties and was introduced into the Bay Area in 1961. It is approved by the Bishop.

The Encounter With Our Self

The Encounter With Christ

The Encounter With Others

Simple Description

The Cursillo Movement is not something, but someone. It is not a thing; rather, it is an organized reality, alive and active, a human reality constituted by the gathering together of men and women who, after having made the Cursillo weekend, adopt the mentality and fundamental principles of the Cursillo Movement. Following its method, they unite themselves to help one another live in a more authentic way the Christian life. In a new way they establish their relationships with God, with themselves, with other people, and with the world; and they make every effort to leaven their environments with the Gospel, so as to enable other people also to respond to the call of God.

Inspirational Quotes

“Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of faith is to see what you believe.”

St. Augustine

“Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again: for forgiveness has risen from the grave!”

St. John Chrysostom

“Mary, who is the Virgin Most Pure, is also the Refuge of Sinners. She knows what sin is, not by the experience of its fall, not by tasting its bitter regrets, but by seeing what it did to her Divine Son.”

Venerable Fulton Sheen

“Know that the greatest service that man can offer to God is to help convert souls.”

St. Rose of Lima

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me