The Cursillo Movement began in the early 1940’s in Spain. This was the beginning of a movement that today has spread through 60 countries and numerous Christian denominations. It is estimated that half a million Christians have experienced Cursillo in one of its various forms. The first Cairns Cursillo was held in 1975. For further history of Cursillo visit Australian Catholic Cursillo.
Cairns Cursillo currently has an active community that provides regular opportunities for support, fellowship and spiritual growth.
Cursillo has a Papal Mandate with participation encouraged by Pope Francis. It is endorsed by Diocesan Bishops including our Bishop James. It acts wholly within the Church and states only the Church’s teaching. The Cursillo Movement is Christ centred and is based on Gospel values.
The purpose of Cursillo is to present a way of living as a Christian in the world. The movement offers a method to strengthen and develop our relationship with God, provides the support of other Christians, and is used by God to reach others. As such it:
Cursillo is a movement that encourages involvement from all who have been baptized, and is led predominately by lay people. It also depends upon the support and encouragement of our priests.
The method is presented in a short course over a three day weekend. A person who has attended Cursillo Three Days is called a Cursillista.
The weekend is based on a series of structured talks and questions followed by discussions. It also includes meditations, singing, prayer and Masses.
The weekend opens with a short Retreat in preparation for the three days of talks focusing on:
It is the experience of many people that, after Cursillo, Christian living takes on a new dimension with a fresh awareness of God’s love and purpose for each one of us.
The weekend is usually held at retreat location where you can leave behind your everyday cares and focus on your Spiritual life.
Cursillo provides this follow- up structure and mutual support.
After attending a Cursillo, a Cursillista is encouraged to continue the learning, growing, and sharing, by being part of a small group of other Cursillistas. This involves meeting up usually, weekly/fortnightly for prayer and to encourage each other in taking the message of the Gospel into personal environments.
Cursillistas also gather for a monthly two-hour Ultreya (go forward in Spanish) for celebration and mutual support.
No one is ever denied the chance to attend because of financial difficulty. For further information about Cursillo please contact a Secretariat member: