What is Cursillo?
Cursillo is defined as a "short course in
Christianity". The Cursillo Movement is a
movement within the Catholic Church
that shares the fundamentals of being a
Christian as an individual and in
community. The Cursillo helps people
discover and fulfill their personal
vocations while promoting groups of
Christians who leaven their environments
with the Gospel.
The purpose of the Cursillo Movement is to make
Christian Communities possible in neighborhoods,
parishes, work situations, and other places where people
live the greater part of their lives. The Cursillo makes it possible for
anyone in the world to live a Christian life in a natural way.
It is the means by which men and women are able to live the Gospel.
“Cursillo is an instrument raised up by God for the proclamation of the
gospel in our time.” – Saint John Paul II
Since it is a movement of the Church, the Cursillo Movement has the same apostolic purpose as the Church.
As Pope Paul VI said: "The Church exists to Evangelize..."
The Cursillo Movement provides the means to accomplish
this evangelization by focusing to assist the baptized to identify and
complete their mission on earth. The aim of the Cursillo movement is
to prepare men and women to go forth as apostles, and proclaim the
Gospel. It provides the Cursillistas (people who have experienced the
Cursillo) with the training and the tools needed to sustain
their mission on earth: Group Reunions, Ultreyas, and School of Leaders.
There are three stages in Cursillo:
Pre-Cursillo; Cursillo (3-Day); Post-Cursillo (4th Day)