Cursillo Miami

A Lay Movement Of The Roman Catholic Church

God loves you and so do we…

Welcome to the Website of the Catholic Cursillo Movement in the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida, USA.

We greet you as friends on the mutual journey home to the Father God using the words of our patron saint, the Apostle Paul, to the Romans, “To all God’s beloved…who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom. 1:7.

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Going forth and ‘mercying’ Vatican official explains the evangelization language of Pope Francis

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Explanation of Cursillo Leaders’ Prayer

A Layperson’s Explanation of the Cursillo Leaders Prayer Given by Bruce Bonenberger, Evansville Diocese, at the Cursillo Spring Regional Meeting in Louisville on 4-21-12 In the Evansville Movement, the Cursillo Leaders Prayer is always prayed prior to all School of...

Ever wondered why we call it “a Mass?”

By Patricia Kasten Compass Associate Editor [From The Compass - Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Green Bay, June 16, 2000 issue.] Why do we call it "Mass"? a reader wants to know. "Is it because we meet in a group, like a mass gathering?" That could be one...

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I greatly desire to become a saint, that I may be able to make others saints and thus procure the glory of God.

St. Peter Julian Eymard

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St. Peter Julian Eymard

I greatly desire to become a saint, that I may be able to make others saints and thus procure the glory of God.

For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Letter of St. James 2 : 26

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Letter of St. James 2 : 26

For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

"I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."

John 16:33

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John 16:33

"I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."

Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 13:13

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Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 13:13

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."

All of us must be saints in this world. Holiness is a duty for you and me. So, let’s be saints and so give glory to the Father.

St. Teresa of Calcutta ( Mother Teresa)

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St. Teresa of Calcutta ( Mother Teresa)

All of us must be saints in this world. Holiness is a duty for you and me. So, let’s be saints and so give glory to the Father.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Edmund Burke

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Edmund Burke

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:6-7

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St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Preach the gospel at all times, and only when necessary use words.

St. Francis of Assisi

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St. Francis of Assisi

Preach the gospel at all times, and only when necessary use words.

The Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course.

St. Boniface

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St. Boniface

The Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course.

And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 6:17

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St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 6:17

And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ...

The Cursillo Movement

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The Cursillo Movement

Make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ...

Well done, my good and faithful servant. Come, share your master’s joy.

Matthew 25: 21

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Matthew 25: 21

Well done, my good and faithful servant. Come, share your master’s joy.

Let us love one another.

2 John 1:16

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2 John 1:16

Let us love one another.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”

John 15:5-6

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John 15:5-6

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”

"For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control"

Second Letter of St. Timothy 1:7

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Second Letter of St. Timothy 1:7

"For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control"

Lord, if your people need me, I will not refuse the work. Your will be done.

St. Martin of Tours

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St. Martin of Tours

Lord, if your people need me, I will not refuse the work. Your will be done.

What does it take to become a saint? Will it.

St. Thomas Aquinas

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St. Thomas Aquinas

What does it take to become a saint? Will it.
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What is the

CRUSILLO FORMAT?

The Cursillo weekend format consists of a series of spiritual talks and discussions, blending seriousness and lightheartedness. The weekend is a personal, lively and informative event with talks, discussions, singing, worship and fellowship. The talks are conducted by clergy and lay people. Although Cursillos are lay-directed and controlled, the clergy assist in this effort most…

Proclaiming the Gospel

Fulfilling our Baptismal responsibility

Leavening the environments

Living what is fundamental for being a Christian

WHAT IS IT?

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Why was the Cursillo Movement founded?

The starting point of the entire Movement was the profound perception of a reality. That reality, as the founders saw it, was as simple as this: They saw a world with its back turned on God, Christ, and the Church. They had a deep-seated conviction that life had ceased to be Christian. They felt that this was because the influence Christianity had, on real life, was just about nonexistent – even in so-called Catholic circles.

Thus the founders saw that the whole world needed to be reconstructed, down to it’s very foundations. It needed to be transformed from savage into human, and from human into divine. The goal was clear:

to re-Christianize society which had ceased to be Christian. (F.I. # 17-18)

How does the Cursillo Movement define itself?

The Fundamental Ideas of the Cursillo Movement book defines the Movement as

“A movement of the Church which by means of its own method makes it possible for people to live what is fundamental for being a Christian, and to live it together; it helps people discover and fulfill their personal vocations, and it promotes the creation of core groups of Christians who leaven their environments with the Gospel.”

(F.I. #111)

Who is the person responsible for the Cursillo Movement in a Diocese?

The basic book of the Cursillo Movement, Fundamental Ideas states that direction of the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese is a shared one between the Bishop and the Diocesan Secretariat. While anything Catholic in a Diocese is the responsibility of the local Bishop, most Bishops are not that familiar with the workings of a movement and usually appoint a responsible party for it. In this case, the Diocesan Secretariat fulfills that function. (F.I. # 576)

The Secretariat should be organized or structured according to the needs, possibilities, and concrete circumstances of the given time and place. The number of its members and their responsibilities will be determined by the functions demanded for the fulfillment of its mission.

“Members of the Secretariat should come from the School of Leaders where they have already demonstrated (through their service to the Movement) their ability, competence, spirit of service, use and understanding of the method, humility, wisdom, and sanctity.”

(L.M. pg.41)

“The Secretariat is made up of Priests, Deacons, Vowed Religious and lay people. It is the responsibility of the Priests, Deacons, and Vowed Religious to provide spiritual direction and counseling, instruction on doctrinal matters, and guidance with respect to problems of conscience; the lay members are in charge of the organizational, methodological, and executive domains.” (F.I. # 588)

What is the Cursillo Movement’s role in Evangelization?

Pope Paul VI said in his Apostolic Exhortation on Evangelization in the Modern World that the Church’s essential mission is to evangelize (EN 14), which means bringing the Good News into all levels of humanity and society so as to transform them according to the Gospel(EN 18).

The Cursillo Movement emphasizes the role of the lay person in being an evangelizer in the family, neighborhood, place of work and with friends and acquaintances. Thus, the apostolic action of each cursillista is a concrete contribution to the work of evangelization.

What environments should the Cursillo Movement be concerned about?
Generally speaking, each Diocesan Secretariat

is supposed to study their local environments and determine which ones

should be evangelized first. The National Secretariat asked all Diocesan

Secretariats to be aware of certain environments. This is reflected in

the following released statement: “Each Diocesan Movement is asked to study

the environments it finds itself immersed in and to establish a Pastoral

Plan for their transformation by means of the Cursillo method. All Diocesan

Movements, particularly those in the big cities, are asked to pay particular

attention to the following environments and to take concrete steps for

their Christianization:

-the advertising field

-the academic community

-the communication field

-the medical profession

-the political field.

The Cursillo Movement as a whole must make a concerted

effort to radically change the present environment of our country so that

it may be more Christian in its life and customs. The environments which

have a greater influence on the other environments and, consequently form

the lifestyle of our people, must have a priority in our apostolic planning.

Diocesan Secretariats are urged to begin selecting the key people in the

aforementioned environments and other important environments in accordance

with our Precursillo method. Plans should be made to link them together

as lay apostles, by means of friendship groups, environmental groups and

Ultreyas following their 3-day Cursillo. Using this method we are able

to transform this world, systematically, for Christ. This enables us to

fulfill our purpose within the pastoral work of the Church.”

(L.M. pg. 304/305)

About Us

To explain Cursillo to someone who has never experienced Cursillo is, at best, difficult. Often, for those who have experienced Cursillo it is still somewhat mystifying.

The reason behind the mystery is God. No one can fully explain how God touches each person in His special/unique way throughout the various elements of the Cursillo Movement. This booklet cannot explain the mystery of God. The booklet will, however, attempt to explain the human aspect behind the Cursillo Movement. Throughout this booklet you will find references to concepts that at one time seemed foreign to Catholics.

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The Cursillo Movement Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Miami

VISION STATEMENT The Cursillo is a worldwide movement of the Roman Catholic Church. The founding focus of the Cursillo is to proclaim the best news, the best reality, that God loves you, using the best means, friendship, in order to give this-best-of-news to each person we encounter on our earthly journey back to the Father…

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