The first stirrings of what was to become the Cursillo Movement began on the island of Majorca, Spain during the 1940s. The Spanish Civil War had ended in 1939, and the years after the Civil War were a time of ferment and growth in the Spanish Catholic Church.
Cursillo, as we recognize it today, grew out of a series of preparatory courses on living ones’ life for Christ, given to those who would lead the young Christian Catholic men of Spain on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James at Compostela in 1948.
The talks given on the Cursillo weekend are patterned on these courses.
Today Cursillo is a world-wide movement in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, nearly all South and Central American countries, and in several African countries.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have prepared a list of questions that are frequently asked by visitors to our site. If you cannot find the answer to your question, feel free to contact the English Lay Director, Chris Flemister at 682-314-9917 or .
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Is it Catholic?
Cursillo has always been a Catholic Movement. Every Pope since Cursillos began over 50 years ago has been a strong supporter of the Cursillo because they know that the Cursillo awakens persons to living their lives for Christ.
Many, many bishops and priests have made Cursillos and are highly supportive.
Bishop Farrell of Dallas, the former Bishop Van of Fort Worth both made Cursillo Weekends and have been strong Cursillo supporters, encouraging persons to attend and be filled with the mission of Christ.
Bishop Olson of Fort Worth is also supportive of Cursillo from his experience with it in the past. Many other denominations have similar movements modeled on the original Catholic Cursillo Movement.
Who May Take Part?
- Cursillo is open to adult, practicing Catholic laity and clergy, men and women, married or single. There are separate weekends for men and women.
- The Diocese of Ft. Worth has a men’s and women’s weekend in the Spring and again in the Fall.
What is Expected of Participants?
- An understanding that you will be accepted as you are and that a specific response is not expected of you.
- To be curious and thirsty for spiritual exploration and nourishment.
- A willingness to commit a weekend of your time to Christ.
Is There a Cost for the Weekend?
The cost for the weekend is $150.00, which covers lodging, meals, and materials. Financial aid is available to cover part or all of the cost.
How do I Apply?
Each candidate needs a sponsor to assist them in preparation for the weekend and, more importantly, assist them after the weekend.
Often, a prospective sponsor from your parish may approach you about Cursillo.
If you are interested in Cursillo but do not have a sponsor, speak to someone you know who has attended a Cursillo weekend. Ask them to tell you more about Cursillo. Pray about it, and if you conclude that you should go, ask them to sponsor you.
If you don't know anyone who has attended a Cursillo weekend, contact a representative of the Fort Worth Cursillo responsible for persons interested in attending:
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