What is Cursillo?

Cursillo (pronounced ‘kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word meaning ‘a short course’ (as in an athletic event). It is a method of supporting and encouraging our lives as Christians and is now a worldwide movement. Cursillo in the Carlisle Diocese began and continues with the blessing of the Diocesan Bishop. The Spiritual Director and Lay Director are both appointed by him.

Why use Spanish words?

The Cursillo movement originated in the Spanish Roman Catholic Church in the 1940s, coming to the UK in 1981. The Spanish words simply reflect the roots of the movement.


Who is Cursillo for?

Everyone, both laity and clergy, who is …

·         curious

·         searching

·         discovering

·         growing

·         wanting to be glad and confident in their faith.

What does Cursillo offer?

·         An opportunity to grow in faith.

·         A chance to experience the love and grace of God and the joy of Christian fellowship.

·         A way of building a continuing Christian community to help one another on our spiritual journeys.

·         It embraces traditional insights and good teaching.

·         It is a movement inside the Church and not outside it.


Is Cursillo recognised as a formal method of further training?

Yes. The Spiritual Director is part of the Training Team of the Board of Training and Ministry. Cursillo is offered as a training, and Christian personal development tool.


What is a Cursillo Weekend?

It is a walk of faith, beginning on a Thursday evening and ending the following Sunday afternoon.


Who takes part in a Cursillo Weekend?

A mixture of people, aged twenty-one onwards, from a variety of church backgrounds and traditions. There are:

·         the participants (known as pilgrims)

·         the team – all people who have themselves previously taken part in a Cursillo weekend.


What is expected of pilgrims?

No specific response is expected. Pilgrims are asked simply to come with an open mind and to take a fresh look at
what the Church has always taught – the Good News – the miraculous and joyous discovery of Christ’s
 endless love.

What happens on the weekends?

·         The Eucharist is celebrated daily and there are talks and meditations led by both laity and clergy on

the team.

·         There are times of shared silence, allowing for reflection on one’s personal pilgrimage, and the

opportunity to take part in shared discussions.

·         There are opportunities for laughter, fun and fellowship.


What happens after the weekend?

Support is provided through group meetings for mutual encouragement, prayer, study and action.


How can I apply to attend?

·         Fill in an application form (available through the secretary or from Church House).

·         Ask someone who has completed a weekend to endorse your application form – this person is known

as your sponsor, and is committed to pray for you before and during the course of your weekend. He/

she will also answer any questions you may have about the weekend or about Cursillo in general. If

you don’t know anyone who might sponsor you, please contact the Spiritual Director or the Lay

Director who will be happy to find someone for you.

·         Ask your Parish Priest to endorse your application so that he/she is aware of your intentions.

     Jesus said: "I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10)