The Cursillo movement is one method of renewal in the Church. It is a method of creating in the minds and hearts of Christians
an awareness of the presence of God in their lives - a desire to live a life with Him and to bring Him into the lives of everyone
they meet. It is a "Lay Movement" within the Church controlled and directed by the laity of the Church. Its purpose is to
help those in the Church understand their individual callings to be Christian leaders. This leadership may be exercised at
work, in the family, in their social life and/or within the Church - not to compete with the clergy in bringing Christ to
the world, but to work with them. The Goal of Cursillo is the goal of the Church - to bring all to Christ.
In its three part method, Cursillo provides training for leadership in mission and helps renew Christian commitment. The
teaching and care given on a Cursillo weekend cause many to feel and act like newly made Christians with purpose and, just
as important, with support.
Since the first Cursillo weekend in this Diocese in 1984, there have been over 1500 people that have attended a Cursillo
weekend. If you ask people who have gone through a Cursillo weekend what it was like, they probably would not give the preceding
explanation. Some may describe some of the events that took place. Some might only be able to describe their feelings about
the weekend or how the experience changed their lives. They may have even said that you just have to experience it yourself.
Cursillo, like most things in life, is not necessarily for everyone - nor is it intended to be, but if you have an interest
in or have more questions about Cursillo, email: WMECursillo@AOL.com