originated in 1949 in Majorca Spain, after several years of planning
had been interrupted by World War II. Cursillo spread rapidly throughout Spain and then
to Austria, Germany, Belgium, France and Italy. From
Europe, it was taken to Colombia and spread to other South and Central American countries.
Our first Bishop, the Rt.
Rev. Robert Woltersdorff “made” his
Cursillo Weekend on the first weekend held in San Diego. Many past bishops and our current Bishop, the
Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, have been whole-hearted supporters of the Cursillo
In various places around the country, Cursillo Weekends are held
under the sponsorship of the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches.
Other denominations have adopted similar programs, such as the
Methodists’ “Walk to Emmaus.” The “Kairos” prison ministry is also based
on the Cursillo model.
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.)