Movimiento de Cursillos de Cristiandad
Diocese of Sacramento/Diocesis de Sacramento
|Cursillos de Cristiandad (Short Course of Christianity) in English is a lay movement within the Diocese of Sacramento. Cursillo is a short course in Christianity. The movement operates under the approval of the Bishop of Sacramento. The Cursillo in English has Women's and Men's weekends. For applications and information, please call the Pastoral Center in Sacramento at 916.733.0181.||Cursillos de Cristiandad en Espanol no se proclama un sistema de vida o de valores pero senala el camino por el cual cristo puede llegar a ser el centor de nuestras vidas. El medoto ayuda a toda persona a encontrarse con Cristo y consigo mismo, failita el inicio y el progreso de la conversion, poniendolo en contacfto con Cristo y con los hermanos. Para informacion en la zona #3: al Centro Pastoral en Sacramento, 916.733.0181.|
Purpose of the Movement
What is the Cursillo Movement
History of the Movement
The Cursillo Weekend
After the Weekend
The purpose of the Cursillo Movement is to bring about a change in the
environments. The Cursillo Movement is a deliberate act to bring Jesus
Christ into the world. Cursillistas (those that have gone through the
3-Days and are living the Cursillo method) become agents for change in
their families, work situations, neighborhoods, social gatherings, etc.
Cursillistas are the part of the Christian community (communal) that links
together with others (teamwork) to bring Jesus Christ to the world.
Cursillo literature cites several different definitions for the purpose of the Cursillo Movement. While the wording (definitions) may vary, the idea is the same. This is due, in part, to the fact that the purpose of Cursillo is multi faceted. No one definition can truly explain what Cursillo is. However, all the definitions can give a much richer meaning to the purpose of Cursillo.
The Cursillo Movement is a movement of the Catholic Church. The name Cursillo is Spanish, meaning short course, and is often associated with a 3-Day weekend - which is only one aspect of the Cursillo Movement. The proper name is Cursillo de Cristiandad (short course of Christianity). There is much more to the Cursillo Movement than just a 3-Day weekend.
This Movement evolved from Spain, where it got its origin, in the 1940s. God taught a group of men how to work for Him in an effective way, a way that bears fruit. In the late 1940s, the first Cursillo was given and the Cursillo Movement began. Those who make Cursillo's today would find much of the first Cursillo familiar. The Cursillo has been refined and changed somewhat, but today's Cursillo weekend remains basically the same as those first Cursillo's.
At first, the Cursillo's were just "little courses" (little course is the literal meaning of the Spanish word - Cursillo) given to participants as a way of forming them so they could become effective apostles.
The first Cursillo in the United States was held in Waco, Texas, in 1957. The key figures in the beginning were Father Gabriel Fernandez and two airmen from Spain, Bernardo Vadell and Agustin Palomino, who were training with the United States Air Force. Father Gabriel had arrived in Waco in 1955 from Spain where he had made his three days under two of the founders of the movement, Father Juan Capo and Eduardo Bonnin. The priest and the airmen were responsible for putting on the first two weekends in Waco.In 1959, the Cursillo spread throughout Texas and to Phoenix, Arizona. In August of that year the first national convention of spiritual directors was held, and Ultreya magazine began publication. In 1960, the growth of the Cursillo quickened in the Southwest, and weekends were held for the first time in the East in New York City and Lorain, Ohio. Until 1961, all weekends were held in Spanish. That year the first English-speaking weekend was held in San Angelo, Texas. Also in 1961, first weekends were held in San Francisco, California; Gary, Indiana; Lansing, Michigan; and Gallup, New Mexico. By 1962, twenty-five more English-speaking weekends had been held.
In 1962, the Cursillo Movement came to the Eastern United States. Weekends were held in Cincinnati, Brooklyn, Saginaw, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, Baltimore, Grand Rapids, Kansas City and Boston. In the West, the first weekends were held in Monterey, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Pueblo and Yakima. The movement spread rapidly with the early centers carrying the Cursillo to nearby dioceses. As of 1981, almost all of the 160 dioceses in the United States had introduced the Cursillo Movement.
The Cursillo Movement in the United States was organized on a national basis in 1965. At this meeting a National Secretariat was organized, and a National Cursillo Office (currently in Dallas, Texas) was established. The Cursillo Movement has the support of the vast majority of the American hierarchy. It is joined to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops through an official liaison in the person of Most Rev. James S. Sullivan, Bishop of Fargo, and through the Bishops' Secretariat for the Laity in Washington, D.C.
Today, it is a worldwide movement with centers in nearly all South and
Central American countries, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Portugal,
Puerto Rico, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy,
Yugoslavia, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka
and in several African countries. The movement is a member of the International
Catholic Organizations of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome.
In 1980, the Cursillo Movement established an international office, the
OMCC (Organismo Mundial de Cursillo's de Cristiandad), in Santo Domingo
to coordinate the three existing international working groups of Latin
America, Europe and the International English Language Group. The international
leaders of the movement meet periodically to further its work.
The focus for Sunday is the understanding of ourselves, our relationship with God, and how we can help Him in fulfilling His Will. We learn what environments we belong to and how we can affect those environments.
The same format is used on Sunday, except there is only one Spiritual Director presentation - Christian Life. There are the usual three laity presentations, which are: 1) Study and Evangelization of the Environments, 2) Christian Community, and 3) Group Reunion and Ultreya.
Sunday night at the Clausura (Closing), the participants come face to face with the larger Cursillo Community that has been so supportive during the entire weekend. It is during this meeting that the participants enter this Cursillo Community.
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|AFTER THE CURSILLO WEEKEND
The Cursillo Movement realizes that it will not be an easy task for us to try to bring Christ to our environments. Therefore, the Cursillo Movement has two very important tools to assist each of us. These tools are the Group Reunion and the Ultreya.
The Group Reunion is a small group of Cursillo friends that meet on a regular basis. The purpose of this meeting is to share with one another the growth that has taken place within each of us. We share our spiritual growth as well as our growth in becoming a person who strives to bring a Christ-like attitude to our environments. This meeting is referred to as a Friendship Group.
As we make attempts to bring Christ into our various environments, we will sometimes become frustrated. The group Reunion also provides the continual support we need in order to persevere as a part of God's plan.
The Ultreya (Spanish word meaning Onward) is the larger Cursillo community. It is the time for the members of the Group Reunions to meet with members of other Group Reunions. The Ultreya is also beneficial in providing the support and encouragement that each of us needs.
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All above background information courtesy of the National Cursillo Center (www.natl-cursillo.org)
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