Cursillo: learning to stay focused on prayer, action and study


The Holy Spirit is the One Who calls us to action.

When we choose to pray, we are saying “yes” to the Holy Spirit Who prompted us to pray.

When we do a work of charity, we are responding to the Holy Spirit Who calls us to that action.

When we reach out to another or do something to improve our lives that is truly good for us and others, we are responding to the Holy Spirit Who is calling us to the action.

There is a method given to the Church that helps us stay focused on our prayer, action and study.

This is the Cursillo method.

The Cursillo method begins by being asked to make a weekend. The weekend consists of a retreat setting where we learn a method through short courses on how to keep our faith integrated with the rest of our daily living.

The weekends begin on a Thursday and end on Sunday.

Once the weekend is complete, the Cursillo experience continues. It continues through small-group reunions.

Within the small group reunion, we ask four questions with others in our group:

  1. Where have I seen Christ this week?
  2. What am I doing for prayer?
  3. What am I studying for spiritual growth?
  4. What am I doing for an evangelization plan? How was my plan for last week?

Then regularly the small groups get together for an Ultreya, which means “Onward.”

At the Ultreya, we are inspired by others’ faith stories from the past week or month.

The Holy Spirit is calling us to grow in our faith and stay close to Him. And, at the same time, the Holy Spirit has given us this great experience of the Cursillo method here in our diocese.

Cursillo weekends will be held on July 14-17, 2022, for men and Aug. 4-7, 2022, for women at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia.

Weekends will be held on March 2-5, 2023, for men and on March 16-19, 2023, for women at St. Anthony Church in Camdenton.

Fr. Corel is a pastor in solidum of St. Vincent de Paul Parish of Pettis County.