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The joyful proclamation of being Christian!

Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning "short course" in Christianity. A method to find, form, sustain, and link lay leadership for Christ and His Church. The short course is a 3-day structured weekend retreat that brings together lay people, clergy, and religious in friendship.


Following this "short course", members meet regularly in small friendship gatherings called Friendship Groups to grow in their piety, study, and action. These same Friendship Groups encourage one another along their spiritual journey by meeting at Ultreya, a Spanish word meaning "onward"! 

The goal of Cursillo is that Christ may be the prime influence in society. Reach out today about joining our Cursillo movement!



"Cursillo has been (and continues to be) the vehicle that provides the most significant spiritual growth for me. My friendship reunion group gives me the support and the accountability to keep me spiritually grounded. The Cursillo community that I meet in Ultreya encourages me to go "onward", until we meet again. DeColores!"

Pat Gorman, Lay Director of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT

"I started on my Cursillo journey in the Fall of 2009. Before my weekend, I was struggling, looking for something.  I did not know when I made my weekend that this was what I had been looking for. Not only has my faith increased exponentially I have made life long friends. Cursillo has challenged me to learn so much more about my faith and about our movement as well as challenging me to be open in discussing and living my faith."                                            

Debe Slovak, Cursillista of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT

"I made my Cursillo weekend in the Fall of 2016. Since then, I have a stronger daily awareness of my relationship with Jesus as I work on my study, piety and action.  I have been drawn even closer to Christ and feel such peace and joy in my life.  I am so blessed and very thankful for the friendships that I have made with my fellow Cursillistas, and look forward to walking with each of you on your journey."

Lori Candela, Postcursillo Chairperson of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT

"Do you know that God loves you?" 

Cursillo is a movement of people within the Catholic Church that proclaim the Good News that "God Loves You", communicated through the best means possible, which is friendship.


While Cursillo provides this "short course" in the form of a 3 day retreat, the focus of Cursillo is on the person to grow in holiness, to study their environments, and to evangelize other people that they encounter in their day to day living. 

People who have made a 3 day Cursillo retreat are referred to be "Cursillistas." They meet weekly in small "Group reunions" of 3-6 people to share their piety, study, and action with each other, as well as their closest moments to Christ since last meeting. The Group reunions meet regularly with the larger Cursillo community to encourage each other at the "Ultreya", a Spanish term that translates to "Onward". Cursillo began as a movement of the Holy Spirit, gifted to Eduardo Bonnin Aguilo, on the Spanish island of Majorca in the 1940's, and later spread to the United States in the 1950's, as well as to many other countries and continents. The Cursillos in Christianity movement today is recognized as a lay Catholic movement of believers within the Catholic Church. The goal is to bring people closer to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Cursillo Movement of Fairfield County



Published on: Feb 12, 2018 08:30 PM ET
Last Modified: Feb 12, 2018 08:30 PM ET

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