“But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. And His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:7, 11-12
More about the Episcopal Cursillo MinistryThe Episcopal Cursillo Weekend: We bring together a diverse group of Episcopalians to share the richness of many modes of worship and broaden our appreciation for our Church. Lay people conduct the Weekend with two or three clergy members as spiritual advisors. Cursillo presumes that those who attend a Weekend are already well grounded in the faith. It isn’t 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. There are now two formats for the Episcopal Cursillo Weekend, the original three-day schedule and the newer two-day schedule. The choice of which schedule is used is determined by the individual Cursillo diocese and its needs. The original format begins on Thursday and the newer format usually begin on Friday. In both, the first evening is spent with meditations and discussions. Then blessed silence is kept until after the worship the next morning. After breakfast participants are assigned to table/family groups for the weekend. The 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, all Weekends include fellowship, singing, good food, and time for privacy, meditation, and prayer. Eucharist is celebrated each day.The Fourth Day: The Episcopal Cursillo Weekend isn’t an end unto itself. It’s a starting point for the rest of our lives, and a springboard to a long-range practice of our Baptismal Covenant in the life of the Church.The Fourth Day is composed of three major elements: • Group Reunion, the heart of Cursillo, is a small group of friends (usually 3-5) who meet regularly and who hold each other accountable for their spiritual journey. We report on piety, study, and apostolic action. A bonding develops that can become a strong support group for life. • Ultreyas, usually held monthly, are a "reunion of the reunions." They support and build community, allowing us to share communal experiences. • Spiritual Direction, an important element in the Cursillo ministry, is a commitment to seek skilled lay or clergy help in deepening our union with Christ. Are there Cursillo Secrets? You may have been told by some who have attended the Weekend that they can't tell you what Cursillo is all about or what goes on during a Weekend. This is not true! Everything that goes on during the Weekend may be told to anyone. Cursillo literature is available to anyone and can be obtained at no cost on this web site (Publications). Want more information? For information within your Diocese, call or write your Diocese. For further information about the Episcopal Cursillo Ministry in the United States, contact your Episcopal Cursillo Ministry representative or District Representatives and Servant Ministries.