Cursillo began in Majorca, Spain in the Roman Catholic Church and has its beginnings in the United States in the 1940’s. Cursillo is now in many states as well as Europe, Canada, Australia and South America. Cursillo means “A short course” and literally is a “short course in Christianity” or a “short course in Christian Living.” It is a three day, intensive study and experience of how to better live your life as a Christian. The weekends are led by a team of Cursillistas (one who has attended a Cursillo) of about 50-60 people. The team consists of lay directors, clergy, musicians and cooks. After attending a Cursillo, you are invited to share in a small reunion group with other Cursillistas (kur-see-ees-tahs) in your area (called a grouping). There are also monthly meetings of all Cursillistas called Ultreyas (uhl-tray-uh) which are held at various churches. There is no cost involved in attending Cursillo. The weekend is a gift to you from the community of those who have attended previously and those who are working on the team. A sponsor takes care of getting you there and bringing you home, as well as providing you with applications for the weekend. For more information, contact Karen Ewart.
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