The Cursillo Movement in America
Catholics, Protestants, and Fourth-Day Spirituality
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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PREFACE: New Beginnings
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Heather Rankle and Judy Woolverton say they became good friends in Houston’s Tres Dias community and turn to each other for support and guidance. Tres Dias weekends in Texas are “more elaborate” than elsewhere because “well, you know how everything is bigger in Texas!” exclaims Heather, an attractive, enthusiastic blonde in her forties with a ...
INTRODUCTION: Finding Christ and Community in America: The Significance of Catholic and Protestant Cursillos and the Fourth-Day Movement
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Th e Cursillo Movement in America: Catholics, Protestants, and Fourth-Day Spirituality is an ethnographically oriented history of the weekend Christian Cursillo movement, the “short course in Christianity,” among American Catholics and Protestants. What is today known interchange-ably as the Cursillo (Cursillo de Cristiandad, or CdC) short course in ...
CHAPTER ONE: Los Orígenes Mallorquines: Eduardo Bonnín Aguiló and the Birth of the Cursillo de Cristiandad Movement
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The Cursillos in Christianity Movement has a single purpose: that the Spirit of the Lord in Christ meets with the freedom of the human person and that this person, on discovering that they are loved by God, changes their horizon and perspective Sitting around the table in the offi ce of Fundación Eduardo Bonnín Aguiló (FEBA) in Palma de Mallorca, a group of longtime colleagues and friends ...
CHAPTER TWO: Coming to America: The Early History of U.S. Cursillos de Cristiandad
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For the fi rst time in my life, the grandeur of the Christian’s vocation became clear to me: a holy man, a participant in divine nature, a living temple of the Holy Spirit, a member of Christ, a friend of God, a brother of Jesus, and heir of heaven.Every week from San Antonio, Texas, I sent letters to cursillistas in Palma to help them continue to live their new way of living. What was occurring there was a ...
CHAPTER THREE: A Focus on Christian Experience: The Protestant Cursillos (Tres Dias, Walk to Emmaus, Via de Cristo) and the National Episcopal Cursillo
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All of the Fourth-Day movements can trace their lineage back to Catholic Cursillos.We say that the “Fourth Day is the rest of your life,” and it is so true. The three days are important, but the weekend course is just the beginning. The Fourth Day is where the pilgrims’ new life begins and where the work begins. It is all about the By the mid-1960s, mainline American Protestants like Bob and Rhoda ...
CHAPTER FOUR: Blooming Where We’re Planted: U.S. Catholics and Protestants Talk about Living Their Cursillo
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I had forgotten God, all I cared about was money. I was having problems with my adolescent son at the time and other family problems. Like Saint Paul, I fell off my horse and was converted. My objective in making the Cursillo was to change my If it weren’t for my weekly group reunion meetings I would not be as centered as I am. I need those meetings to be the best Christian and person I can be, and it is my ...
CHAPTER FIVE: Teens Encounter Christ: Pioneer in Young Adult Weekend Experiences
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I’m getting old and my back is starting to bend, but I decided a long time ago that —Dorothy Gereke, aka Sister Mary Concetta, RSM, aka “Mama TEC,” cofounder of TEC came about after a group of Cursillo men came to me and said they wanted a retreat for their sons that was based on Cursillo. You see, the old style of retreats for youth just wasn’t working, and we needed something new and dynamic for the ...
CHAPTER SIX: Feeding Bodies and Souls: Kairos Prison Ministry International
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What brought me to Kairos was that I wanted to change and have God in my life.—Female off ender and Kairos “Angel,” Rockville Correctional Facility, May 2010I am here because I know that God is gonna rock this place this weekend!We meet on a warm Th ursday afternoon in May 2010 at a church in southern Indiana, just a few miles from Rockville Correctional Facility, ...
CHAPTER SEVEN: Maverick yet Mainstream: Christ Renews His Parish and Great Banquet
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Cursillo was the catalyst for CRHP. People couldn’t get into a Cursillo so we devel-—Bob Edwards, president, Christ Renews His Parish, December 14, 2009It was when I started to become a second-class citizen in the Kingdom of Heaven that I decided to go my separate way. It always happens; the Holy Spirit will have a movement in the church and then people come in and institutionalize it....
EPILOGUE: Cursillo Weekends, Fourth-Day Spirituality, and the Future
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You might say that the Cursillo is a serenity prayer actualized, or the beatitudes of Saint Francis. You can be an instrument of peace. I see the Cursillo as an actu-alization of the serenity prayer, “I’m not quite the person I want to be, but I’m not the person I used to be either.” The Cursillo is a process, we strive to be better—we As we have seen, Catholic and Protestant Cursillos are lay-sponsored, ...
APPENDIX ONE: Cursillo Chronology
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August 1944: Th e fi rst three-day Catholic Cursillo weekend is held in Cala Figuera, Santanyí, Mallorca, Spain. Founded by Eduardo Bonnín Aguiló, the weekend is May 1957: Th e fi rst U.S. Cursillo de Cristiandad is held in Waco, Texas.October 9–11, 1965: Th e fi rst Teens Encounter Christ is held in Battle Creek, Mich-igan, at the Sisters of Mercy Lodge. Th e cofounders are Father Matt Fedewa ...
APPENDIX TWO: Glossary
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Page Count: 344
Publication Year: 2013