What is Cursillo?

What is Cursillo?

by the Rev. Mike Kerrick, Interim Rector of Trinity, Folsom

Have you been at a diocesan-wide gathering and noticed somebody wearing a Cursillo button, wondering what it was all about? You are not alone. Lots of people have heard about Cursillo, but aren’t sure what it is.

Cursillo is a three-day presentation designed to build enthusiasm for and renew your commitment to your faith. It is especially helpful for those who take an active role somewhere in the life of their congregation. Why? History has shown us that people who attend Cursillo return from the event highly motivated with a strong desire serve in the parish and share their experience.

Cursillo has its origins in Spain after WWII. The Roman Catholic Church was trying to motivate Catholic men to become more involved in their churches. A program was designed to generate enthusiasm for the faith and to build leadership within the parish. A success overseas, the program was then imported to the United States. In the early 1970s, the Roman Catholic Church licensed the Episcopal Church to be a presenter of the program. In the Diocese of Northern California we are licensed to present Cursillo.

In Northern California, Cursillo is an ecumenical program with active participation from the Methodist, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran and Baptist Churches, and also several congregational churches. The presentation begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday afternoon, and is normally held in the spring and fall in Jackson or at Camp Noel Porter. During these three days, our we will focus on Jesus Christ as most of us have never been focused before. We bring together people from all over the diocese, from all walks of life and experience.  A new community of the Body of Christ is formed while enjoying food, music, worship, talks, lots of fun and laughs. When you leave on Sunday afternoon, you will not be the same person who arrived on Thursday evening!

Sound interesting to you? The next Cursillo will be presented October 27-30 at Camp St. Sava in Jackson. Prospective Cursillo team members can email Rector Janet Kendig: kendig@volcano.net (preferred), or call (209) 296-5158. 

In my next article, I will talk about sponsorship and how you can become a member of the Cursillo community. More information can be found at www.cursilloncal.org.   

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Janet Kendig wrote:
Thank you for your interesting article regarding Cursillo!

Tue, August 16, 2011 @ 4:32 PM

2. Keith H. Kerr wrote:
In the 1990's while living in San Francisco, I attended a Cursillo. It was an enlightening and spiritual event that I recommend to all Episcopalians. Although liturigically centered, it appealed to the Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Methodists, and Lutherans who were in my class.

You will have a great spiritual and ecumenical uplift should you attend a Cursillo.


Tue, August 16, 2011 @ 9:25 PM

3. Laura Jestes wrote:
I made my Cursillo in April at St. Sava's. The experience changed my life! I loved every single second of it, our Rectora rocked, and the whole crew made it special for every single person there. I hope to participate one day as a member of the team so I can watch the revelations of others who experience Cursillo. De Colores!!!

Tue, August 16, 2011 @ 9:57 PM

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