Cursillo in the Bay Area

Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.

Acts 2:46-47 

What is Cursillo?

Cursillo (pronounced “kur-SEE-oh”)—short for “Cursillo en Cristiandad”—is a Spanish word meaning short course. It is the local and ecumenical expression of a movement for Christian renewal that began in Spain in the 1940s. In practice, Cursillo is a weekend retreat that offers a joyful experience of deepening Christian commitment.

What about the rooster?

The rooster is considered a Christian witness symbol and the bright colors of its feathers represent the beauty and diversity of God’s Creation.

How is Cursillo organized in the Diocese of California?

Currently, there are three secretariants — groups of Cursillistas — in the Diocese of California

What Can I Expect?

  • A retreat shared within a small, closely-knit group representing a wide variety of expressions within a unique Christian community.
  • An informal atmosphere in which spiritual growth is made possible through fellowship and trust.
  • A way of spiritual renewal through teaching, sacraments, devotions, and ministry.
  • An opportunity to renew and expand a base in the faith, from which action in the individual’s church and everyday life grows naturally.
  • A clear and compelling focus on our responsibility and mission in our Christian walk through this life.
  • A continuing support system to nurture one another as we work to renew all things through Christ.

Lay-Led Ministry

Lay people lead the Cursillo weekend ministry to people seeking a deeper Christian commitment. Clergy are present as spiritual guides.

Three Days of Conversation, Community, and Music

Cursillo includes a series of talks followed by small-group discussions, plus singing, prayer, and Eucharist.

And Then the 4th Day

After Cursillo, participants return to their congregations with a greater drive for Christian action both within the church and the surrounding community.