Cursillo

Oklahoma Cursillo

The term “Cursillo” (coor-see'-oh) is a Spanish word meaning "a short course." Cursillo is intended to help Christians know God's love and grace, and to help them discover and live out their personal vocations in the world.

Cursillo is a movement in the Episcopal Church designed to help participants better understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. In Cursillo, “leadership” does not mean power over others; but, rather, the influence you can have on others. Cursillo encourages participants to increase their awareness of their ability to serve as a positive influence in the lives of those around them. This type of Christian Leadership can be utilized in all aspects of one’s life: church, family life, professional situations, leisure and social activities, etc.

Cursillo is open to any Episcopalian who is a Communicant in Good Standing and is 21 years of age or older, and provides:

  • An opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality

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

  • An experience of living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community, and realizing that this can be extended into our own environment

  • A continuing community that gives support and encouragement to help Christians carry out their Baptismal Vows

The goal of Cursillo is the goal of the Church: to bring all to Christ. Cursillo specifically focuses on helping participants become well-informed, well-trained leaders with the support of others sharing this commitment to help reach this goal.

Cursillo helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment by providing an important learning experience helping many to feel like newly made Christians with renewed purpose and support.

The movement offers small group meetings, which help us in our life of Christian Ministry; and includes a three-day weekend, during which participants listen to sessions led by both clergy and lay persons, and participate in worship, music, fellowship, prayer and other activities.

We hope you will consider joining us at a future Cursillo event!

To learn more about the Cursillo Movements, please click here to visit the Episcopal Cursillo Ministry website.

Cursillo Movement Model

Cursillo is modeled after the example of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus searched out and called a small group of potential leaders (Pre-Cursillo); he trained them by word and example and inspired them with a vision (Three-Day Weekend Event); he linked them together and sent them out into the world to bring the world to Him (Fourth Day):

Pre-Cursillo

“Sponsors” have been to the Cursillo Three-Day Weekend Event and are living the Fourth Day. They, in turn, identify Episcopalians who are leading an active Christian life and are a living witness to their love for Christ, and recommend them to be “Candidates”.The Pre-Cursillo period is the time when selected candidates are informed of what to expect at the Three-Day Weekend Event and are assisted in appropriate preparations.

Three-Day Weekend Event

Cursillo includes a three-day weekend event held at St. Crispin’s Conference Center that typically contains group sessions, worship, music, fellowship, prayer and other activities. The weekend begins Friday evening with meditations and discussions. Then blessed silence is kept until after the worship on Saturday morning. Participants are assigned to close-knit table groups for the weekend.

St. Crispin’s Conference Center
36302 State Highway 9
Wewoka, OK 74884

The Cursillo weekend is not a retreat, but an opportunity to meet clergy and laity seeking to strengthen our faith. It provides an environment to experience the reality of the gift of God’s love through shared prayer, individual meditation, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and unconditional love.

These three days bring together a diverse group of Episcopalians to share the richness of many modes of worship and to broaden each one's appreciation for our Church. Lay people conduct the weekend with two or three members of the clergy functioning as spiritual advisors. Cursillo presumes that those who attend are already well grounded in the faith. It is not intended to be a conversion experience, but an enriching and deepening of what is already there. It often provides new insights into our faith as well as fostering ministry among lay people.

These three days are filled with talks and group discussions with emphasis on the doctrine of Grace, the Sacraments, and the great Cursillo tripod: Piety, Study, and Action. Plus there is fellowship, singing, good food, and time for privacy, meditation, prayer, and walks. Eucharist is celebrated each day.

Participants are expected to:

  • Be open and willing to respond to what you experience

  • Share your feelings with others, allow them to share theirs with you

  • Make a genuine effort to discover where you are and where or how you can grow in your Christian life

  • Feel secure in the knowledge that you are accepted where you are and as you are, and to know that a specific response is not expected of you

The Fourth Day

The Cursillo weekend is not an end to itself.It is a starting point that lasts the rest of your life and is a springboard to a long-range practice of the Baptismal Covenant in the life of the Church, called "the Fourth Day". Each person returning from a weekend is encouraged to join in the activities of “the Fourth Day” Community. The purpose of this community is to provide strength and support to each other as participants grow in faith and develop their unique gifts of ministry.

The Fourth Day is composed of three major elements:

  • The Group Reunion is the heart of Cursillo; it is a small group of friends (usually 3-5) who meet regularly, and who hold each other accountable for their spiritual journey. They report on their piety, their study, and their apostolic action.

  • The Ultreya, is a "reunion of the reunions". It provides support and builds community by allowing the sharing of communal experiences.

  • Spiritual Direction is an important element of the Cursillo Movement. It is a commitment to seek out a skilled lay person or cleric for spiritual direction to provide help in deepening union with Christ.

2018 Three-Day Weekend Events

Cursillo includes a three-day weekend event held at St. Crispin’s Conference Center that typically contains group sessions, worship, music, fellowship, and other activities. The weekend begins Friday evening with meditations and discussions. Then blessed silence is kept until after the worship on Saturday morning. Participants are assigned to close-knit table groups for the weekend.

St. Crispin’s Conference Center
36302 State Highway 9
Wewoka, OK 74884

learn about our upcoming event!

The Cursillo weekend is not a retreat, but an opportunity to meet clergy and laity seeking to strengthen our faith. It provides an environment to experience the reality of the gift of God’s love through shared prayer, individual meditation, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and unconditional love. 

A personal invitation from Debbie Konieczny:

Cursillo may seem like an odd word, out of place to an Episcopalian. Yet it is my greatest hope that you might consider attending a weekend.

I remember during seminary, my husband announced that he would be attending a retreat the coming weekend, and the following weekend I would attend my own. I could not ask any questions about the retreat; it was a secret. Well, you can imagine my joy in anticipation of attending.

What he could not tell me, and what others were guarding so preciously, was my own journey through a process of a reflective faith journey. A weekend set aside to experience my own private understanding of a loving relationship with Christ. There was nothing to fear. Those that keep the secrets of Cursillo are preserving that surprise that is under the Christmas tree, or the sunrise that fills the sky in the morning. No one can tell you what joy it will bring, as it is purely, personal.

I won’t ask you to trust me, or anyone else. But I will ask you to set aside this small window of time. Please come! Take this personal journey for you and no one else. Will you be asked to do anything odd? No. Will you be asked to make a commitment? No. In fact, nothing will be asked of you. You don’t need to be fixed, or changed. The gift of Cursillo is that you might receive information that may lead you to look through a new prism of your relationship with Christ and the community around you.

I hope to see you there!



924 N. Robinson I Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 232-4820

dioceseofoklahoma@epiok.org
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm CST


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