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The Cursillo Movement of the Archdiocese of Toronto welcomes you!

The purpose of this site is to function as a source of information for those interested in Cursillo and as a Web centre for those who already participate in Cursillo.

What does Cursillo mean?

A "short course in Christianity"

Cursillo (pronounced kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word meaning ‘little course’. The full name, Cursillo de Cristiandad, translates as ‘Cursillo in Christianity’, but it could best be described as ‘a short course in Christian Being’. Cursillo is a worldwide lay movement which began with the first weekend in 1944 on the island of Mallorca, Spain. In the 1960s, Pope Paul VI officially designated Cursillo as a renewal movement of the Church and named St. Paul as its patron and protector.

The Cursillo Movement is a powerful instrument for restoring the world to Christ with its focus on the Person. Those who attend a three day Cursillo Weekend are given an understanding that it is possible to live as a Christian in normal everyday life and a desire to journey with Christ. It is a ‘lived experience’ of Christian community. It also provides a practical means to continue one’s Christian journey which is encouraged during the three-days.

Explaining about Cursillo to someone who has never experienced Cursillo is at best, difficult. And no one can fully explain how God touches each person in His personal and unique way. Each person’s experience is unique.

For whom is Cursillo?

  • Anyone who is searching for a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

  • Anyone who feels something is missing in their life.

  • Anyone who feels isolated in their faith and desires to have committed Catholic Christians to share their faith with.

  • No one is too far away from God and/or the Church or too well informed or too spiritual to live a Cursillo. Pope Francis.

  • On June 13, 2011, Pope Francis wrote a letter written to Cursillistas when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires:

    "Today, more than ever, we need that your nearness in the environments be a source of light and joy for so many brothers and sisters who do not yet know that God is a Father who loves them tenderly. Today, more than ever, we need your presence so that many families may encounter the transcendent love of Christ – a new and greater dimension of human love."

Pope Francis Monthly Intentions:

Universal: That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.

Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.

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