Episcopal Cursillo is a ministry of the Episcopal church. Its purpose is to help those in the church understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. The leadership may be exercised in work situations, in the family and social life, in leisure activities, and within the Church environment. Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us.
The goal of Cursillo is the goal of the Church: to bring all to Christ. This is done when informed, trained leaders set out with the support of others having a similar commitment.
It helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment. Cursillo is one of many renewal ministries. Many people have said Cursillo provides an important learning experience which causes many to feel like newly made Christians with a purpose and with support.
Cursillo is patterned on Jesus' own example. He 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 (Cursillo Three-Day Weekend); He linked them together and sent them out into the world to bring the world to Him (post-Cursillo or the Fourth Day.)
Spiritual Direction is an important element of the Cursillo Ministry. It is a commitment to seek out skilled lay persons or clergy for spiritual direction to provide help in deepening their union with Christ.
You may have been told by some who have attended the weekend that they cannot tell you what Cursillo is all about or what goes on during a Cursillo weekend.
This is not correct. Everything that goes on during the weekend may be told to anyone. Cursillo literature is available to anyone who wishes to read or purchase the materials.