The purpose of the Cursillo Movement is to create small groups that can evangelize their environments with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the Method is to help persons live the Christian life of Piety, Study, and Prayer.
On one level, Cursillo is a three day course in Christian Living ("Cursillo" is a Spanish word meaning short course). On a deeper level, it is the beginning of a renewed apostolic vision. It proposes no new type of spirituality, but presents an orthodox, proven method through which one's spirituality may be developed, lived, and shared.
The Aim is to concentrate on the person and teachings of Christ. Moreover, it provides a means to continue the Christian Life in a secular and often hostile world. The three day weekend begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday night. During the three days, those attending live in community, listening to talks given by priests, and lay men and women. Each talk is followed by group discussions.
The priests who are the spiritual advisors, and the lay men and women who make up the team, spend weeks working and praying together in preparation for the weekend. The talks are: Ideals, Grace, Faith, Piety, Study, Sacraments, Action, Group Reunion, and The Fourth Day.
During the three day exercises, the teachings of Christ are discussed in a climate of joy, and with songs of praise. Unlike a spiritual retreat, a Cursillo can be made only once. The basic atmosphere differs greatly from the individual solitude of a retreat.
To attend Cursillo, you must be at least twenty-one years old and be a confirmed Episcopalian in good standing. Also, your parish priest must approve your application. There is also a cost involved for the Cursillo, however some financial aid is available.
Cursillo will change your life. Numerous members of St Peter's have attended in the past, where their lives were changed or touched by Christ and the friendships formed.
For more information, contact
Crystal & Keith Hardt
or just ask anyone you know who has attended!
PO Box 985
101 N. Bonner St.
Washington, NC 27889