(pronounced kur-see-yo) is Spanish for
or "short" course. A weekend course in
To explain Cursillo to
someone who has never experienced Cursillo is at best, difficult.
Often, for those who have experienced Cursillo it is still
somewhat mystifying. This is not because the Cursillo Movement is
a "secret" organization. The reason behind the mystery
is God. No one can fully explain how God touches each person in
His special/unique way throughout the various elements of the
Cursillo Movement. This website cannot explain the mystery of God.
The website will, however, attempt to explain the human aspect
behind the Cursillo Movement.
Throughout this website you will find references to concepts
that at one time seemed foreign to Catholics. Evangelization is
probably the one that comes to mind first. For many years
Catholics looked upon evangelization as "something the
Protestants did." Today, in Church, we hear a great deal
about evangelization. Still for some of us, we automatically think
of going out two-by two (with Bible in hand) and knocking on
people's doors. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In the Cursillo Movement we approach evangelization as a
very natural act of being "Christ like" within our daily
After all, we may be
the only Bibles that some people ever see.
We realize that while most people would like to
live their lives in a Christ-like manner, the pressures of the
world often make this difficult. The Cursillo Movement provides a
method and a technique to provide each of us with the tools, the
mentality, the strength, and the support to make this natural type
of evangelization possible.
We should not allow these statements to scare us off. These are
nothing more than by-products of living our lives in a fully
Christian manner. The Cursillo Movement can assist each of
us in developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be
fully Catholic by being fully Christian.