It begins with a weekend...

The Cursillo Movement is introduced over a consecutive seventy-two hour period called a "Three Day Weekend." During the three day weekend, which begins Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening, a team of religious and lay personnel present a series of rollos (talks) to the candidates and the entire group calls upon the Holy Spirit for enlightenment and guidance. The team and candidates live as a small Christian community over the weekend and discuss these rollos in small groups. The discussions provide an opportunity for you to share your insights about the presentations and hear how others received that same presentation. The rollos and discussions cover a variety of topics including:
  •  the lay person's role within the Church
  •  the meaning of grace and sacraments
  •  the importance of prayer and the study of God
  •  Christian leadership and living Christianity in community
  •  our call to a personal life of piety, of study and of apostolic action and to         transform those environments in which we live and move
  •  the importance of supporting one another in our efforts to live a truly Christian life.
Throughout the weekend the participants will pray together, attend daily mass, have an opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation and attend Eucharistic Adoration.

Typically, by the end of the weekend, candidates have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and a better understanding of the power of the Holy Spirit.  Also, candidates leave the weekend knowing that they have been called to spread the Word of God.

Upcoming weekends...
     Next Womens Weekend - March 15-18, 2018
     Next Mens Weekend - September 6 -9, 2018

If you want to participate...

To attend a Cursillo weekend, you  must have a sponsor who is an active  Cursillista.  Your sponsor is responsible for preparing you for the weekend, establishing you in a group reunion where you work or live and introducing you to the Ultreya in you area.  If you need to identify a sponsor email us at and we'll try to find a sponsor in your area.

Since the sacraments are important parts of the Catholic Cursillo experience, members of other faiths are encouraged to attend a similar program of their own denomination.  Although separate weekends are held for men and women, if you are  married, it is desirable, but not necessary, for both you and your spouse to participate.  Due to the  intensity of the weekend, those recently divorced, grieving the loss of a loved one, or  hurting for whatever reason should wait for a less stressful time before applying.

To attend a weekend, both you and your sponsor need to complete applications. 
  • If you are an attendee, click here for a printable copy of the Cursillo Weekend             Application for an Attendee
  • If you are sponsoring an attendee, click here for a printable copy of Cursillo         Weekend Sponsor Application.  In addition, you should read the downloadable         brochure on sponsorship available by clicking here.
The completed applications can be scanned and then emailed to or mailed to the Catholic Cursillo Movement of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati at PO Box 317655, Cincinnati, OH 45231-7655.

We are challenged...

The Cursillo is an encounter with Christ.  It  promotes a spiritual revitalization of ourselves and the world around us.  By living a fully Christian life, we bring Christ to others, including members of our family, school, workplace, parish etc.  Cursillo develops a consciousness that we are called to be spiritual leaders in all aspects of our lives.

History and purpose of Cursillo...

The full name of Cursillo is Cursillo de  Cristiandad.  The word "cursillo" means short  course.  The full name translates into English as "a short course in Christian living."

Cursillo, which started in Majorca, Spain in the 1940's, is a movement within the Catholic  Church.  The founders were dedicated to helping Catholics know Christ better.  The intention, then and now, is to give participants a renewed spirituality and a clearer understanding of how Christ can work through them to change the environments in which they live.

The Cursillo Movement came to the United States in 1957.  That first weekend was held in Texas and was conducted in Spanish.  The first weekend in Cincinnati was held in 1962, more than 50 years ago.

The Cursillo Movement and its method are endorsed and highly encouraged by the Catholic Church.

Please  join us in developing a deeper personal relationship with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ