What is Cursillo?

Cursillo in Christianity (pronounced KUR‑SEE‑YO) (Spanish: Cursillo de Cristiandad, “Short course of Christianity”) is an apostolic movement of the Roman Catholic Church. It was founded in Majorca, Spain by Eduardo Bonnin. (For more history and information, see “Cursillo” on Wikipedia.)

Today, Cursillo is a worldwide movement in nearly all South and Central American countries, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand Aotearoa, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and in several African countries. The movement is recognized by the Holy See as member of the International Catholic Organizations of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome.

During a three-day weekend, a team of ordinary Catholics and two spiritual directors—one of which is a parish priest—speak about how their faith has impacted their lives. Participants are given opportunities to see their own lives in the stories shared by the team.

What Is De Colores?

“De Colores” (Made of Colors) is a traditional Spanish language folk song that is well known throughout the Spanish-speaking world. It is widely used as a song in the Roman Catholic Cursillo movement.

DeColores“When we consulted the parishes of our diocese, the people responded that their greatest need is to grow spiritually. The Cursillo Movement (in Ontario) was established in Chatham-Kent by Bishop Sherlock, and since 1975 it has been a powerful means of addressing this need. It has helped Catholics to grow spiritually, to deepen their personal relationship with Christ, to understand the truths of our Catholic Faith, and to be bold witnesses to the Gospel in their families, their place of work, and the society. Many who have been part of Cursillo have taken on leadership roles in our diocesan Church and have brought new life to our parishes. I am profoundly grateful to God for the abundant fruit the Cursillo Movement has produced in our diocese, and offer all those committed to it my blessing, my support and my prayers.”

—BISHOP RONALD P. FABBRO,  Roman Catholic Bishop of London, Ontario, Canada


Windsor Essex Cursillo Movement — Windsor Cursillo — WE Cursillo