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What is Cursillo?

        Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning 'short course'. Cursillo de Cristiandad means 'short course of Christianity. When one speaks of Cursillo, it is usually describing a 3 day spiritual retreat which revives the spirit and rejuvenates the church.

Why is Cursillo important? What good is Cursillo? What does Cursillo do?

To answer these questions, look at these comments about Cursillo.

A Cursillo is an encounter with Jesus Christ.

        "The Cursillo Movement is both a movement and a method. The purpose of the movement is to create small groups of Christians that will evangelize their environments with the gospel spirit. The purpose of the method is to help persons live what is fundamental for being a Christian by committing themselves to the spiritual aids the church offers in order to grow in holiness, formation and evangelization".
-- "The Pilgrim's Guide"

        The goal of Cursillo is the goal of the Church: to bring all to Christ. This is done when informed, trained leaders set out with the support of others having a similar commitment.

It helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment.

       The goal of the Cursillo Movement is that Christ be the prime influence in society. So it is said the PRIMARY OBJECTIVES of the Cursillo Movement are to develop in adult Christians a consciousness of their ability and mission to become leaders in the work of Christian renewal, and to sustain them as they provide a Christian leaven in civic, social and economic life. This "Christianizing of environments" is what the Cursillo Movement is about.

       A deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve Him.

       A highly structured, purposefully designed method for refreshing the faith of individuals and, through those individuals, the environments in which they live and work.

       Cursillo is simply a method through which one's spirituality may be developed, lived, and shared in any area of human life.


Cursillo.com was created to offer information on Presbyterian Cursillo and Presbyterian Pilgrimage.

days3.com is the National Cursillo/Pilgrimage website.

You can visit other denominational Cursillo sites by clicking the links below.


Episcopal Cursillo

Happening (Youth)


Roman Catholic Cursillo