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Cursillistas from across the 147,000 sq km Cairns Diocese travelled to Cairns to our Christmas celebration at Cairns on Sun 13th December 2015.
Even young Charlie Chaplin travelled down from Mareeba with his mum Roberta. We wish our 5million plus Cursillo family members in 60 countries
a happy & holy Christmas for 2015, and a safe Prosperous 2016. And we are offering Palanca for the V World Ultreya at Fatima Portugal
on May 6th 2017 – 2017 is 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima's apparition. God-willing, many Cairns & Aussie Cursillistas will be there.
OMCC Announcement – P 2- Our Lady's Apparitions occurred between 3 May - 13 October 1917 – wiki
Cursillo Flyer (6 per page)
When Pope Francis greeted world on his election as Pope, with two words: “Buon giorno...” loudest cheering fans in Vatican were Argentinians & Cursillo! Read here how most recent 3 Popes have all been enthusiastic Cursillo supporters.
As well as 1,300+ men & women in the Diocese of Cairns (including 21 Priests, numerous religious, principals, teachers etc.) who have all made a Cursillo. (Teachers in Cairns are now accredited with 8 hrs PD to teach in a Catholic school.)
Cairns Ultreya -
Is it worthwhile for Cairns Cursillistas to attend National Encounter?
Just ask Kath, Peter, Debbie, Bob, Sue C or Richard who all attended the 2006 National Encounter which was part of the 19th Asia-Pacific Encounter held at St Gregory's College Campbelltown. Here Cairns Cursillistas are pictured with Cursillo's World Leader Juan Ruis. Use this link to watch wmv videos. If you can afford the time and the money, the Holy Spirit will definitely make it worth your while.
Cairns Cursillo Flyer (6 per page)
Cursillo Brochure (2 page)
When Pope Francis was a Cardinal of Buenos Aires he wrote a letter of encouragement to the Cursillo Community and stated, “It is necessary that the Cursillos in Christian Movement through the participation of everyone, continue its journey of pastoral conversion and we give thanks to God for all the fruits that the Cursillos in Christian Movements have generously given the Church.”
Pope John Paul II
Of Pope John Paul II To The “CURSILLOS De Cristiandad”
Brothers and Sisters!
The theme of this world Ultreya - "Evangelizing the Milieus of the Third Millennium: A "Challenge for the Cursillos de Cristiandad" - demonstrates your effort to re-propose the experience of Christ to the men and women of the 21st century with new means and enthusiasm. This has become even more urgent, since "whole countries and nations, where religion and the Christian life were formerly flourishing and capable of fostering a viable and working community of faith, are now put to a hard test ... as a result of the constant spread of indifference to religion, of secularism and atheism" (Christifideles laici, n. 34).
2. In view of this situation which challenges believers to "remake the Christian fabric of the ecclesial community" (ibid.), the Cursillo method aims at helping to transform in a Christian way the milieus where people live and work through the involvement of "new men and women" who have become such from their encounter with Christ. This is the goal of the three-day "little course" on Christianity, in which a team of priests and lay people, supported by the prayer and sacrifices of the movement's other members, communicate the fundamental truths of the Christian faith in an especially "living" way. When presented in this way, the message of Christ almost always opens participants in a cursillo to the gift of conversion and to a deeper awareness of the Baptism they have received and of their own mission in the Church. They feel called to be the prophetic "leaven" which is kneaded into the dough so that the whole mass will rise (Mt 13: 33), to be the "salt of the earth" and the "light of the world" (Mt 5: 13-14), to proclaim to everyone they meet that only in Jesus Christ is there salvation (Acts 4: 12), and that it is "only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear" (Gaudium et spes, n. 22).
Dear brothers and sisters, be the courageous witnesses of the
"service of the Truth" and work ceaselessly with the
"strength of communion". In relying on your rich
spiritual experiences, which are a treasure, take up the
"challenge" that our time raises to the new
evangelization and fearlessly give it your own response.
Cursillo Flyer (6 per page)
Just one hour from Cairns on the Gillies Highway, then 6.5 km along Powley Road in the heart of the naturally air-conditioned Tablelands. The centre boasts a superb natural bush setting with panoramic lake views.
If travelling from Cairns up Gillies Hwy, look for the sign on the second turn to the right after you reach the top of the range.
Jesus calling you to make your Cursillo?
Cairns Cursillo Flyer (6 per page)
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CURSILLO is a movement from the Church that focuses on helping each person to discover themselves, their relationship with Christ and with others.
· has a method that shows how the Gospel can be lived in everyday life.
· provides a means of support to enable Christianity to be lived.
· has proved to be a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to get to know self, God and others.
Many millions of people around the world have experienced Cursillo.
HISTORY (courtesy of Australian Cursillo website)
Cursillo began in Australia in 1965, however the birthplace of the Cursillo Movement is the Spanish Island of Mallorca, which is situated east of the Mainland of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.
During the 1930’s the leftist Republican Government of Spain attempted to introduce atheism into all aspects of Spanish life, including the education system. It was also during this time that the Spanish Civil War brought depression and bloodshed to Mallorca.
The events that took place and their effect on society ignited a burning passion in many of the Spanish youth and they responded to a call from Pope Pius XI to begin a crusade declaring Christ as saviour.
· Catholic Action and Santiago de Compostela
In an attempt to show the world that faith was alive in Spain, thousands of youth were organised into a spiritual army that was destined to make a great pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the ancient shrine of St James the Apostle in northern Spain.
The organisation of the pilgrimage was undertaken by Catholic Action which was created in Italy by Pope Pius XI. It operated at the diocesan and national levels and its sole purpose was to take 100,000 youths to Santiago on the pilgrimage.
The method entailed training leaders in what was known as ‘Cursillo for Pilgrim Leaders’, at the diocesan level, and ‘Cursillo for Pilgrim Guides’ at the parish level. Catholic Action cursillos had the specific purpose of preparing, spiritually and materially, for the pilgrimage to Santiago. They were focused exclusively towards the wealthy young men from the upper class, students of the schools and colleges run by the great religious orders and who already belonged to Catholic Action. Each Cursillo lasted for an entire week.
The diocesan President of the Mallorca branch or Catholic Action, Jose Ferregut, recognised the potential of one Eduardo Bonnin as someone he considered to be a prime candidate for leadership in Catholic Action.
Eduardo was born into a business family who exported grains and dried fruits. The Augustinians were Eduardo’s educators and his parents hired special professors in order to give their children teachings that would be in accordance with the Catholic Church. At the time, discrimination against everyone who had converted to Catholicism and whose family name was Jewsish, was still very present, and they were compelled, in spite of their conversion, to live in ghettos and to marry within.
So Eduardo grew up in a devout Catholic family and his environment consisted solely of friends and acquaintances who were practicing Catholic, young men from the middle and rural classes. These young people spent their leisure time enjoying activities that revolved around the world of the clergy and under the ideology of Catholic Action.
In 1937 Eduardo enrolled in mandatory military service, an experience of major importance in his life. This gave him the opportunity to discover another social class. Every day he had to face the living reality of those with whom he shared the barracks, and he realized that their lives were very different to the lives of his Catholic family and friends. Eduardo came to the conclusion that the people he was with in the army camp, though de-Christianized and averse to religion, were still keeping a series of gospel values e.g. they rejected lying and hypocrisy, they were open minded to all classes, and they had a sense of friendship.
It was Ferragut who invited Eduardo to the second “Cursillo for Pilgrim Leaders” that was to take place at the monastery of Lluc during Holy week of 1943. Eduardo was a deep thinker and from what he saw and what he heard during that week, he extracted those ideas and concepts that he felt he could apply and use to satisfy the restlessness that disturbed him.
He wanted to find a way to take the reality of Christian life to the real environments, those environments where the young men of the barracks lived. Besides preparing for the Pilgrimage, he felt that the ideal thing would be to find a similar way to interest people in the other pilgrimage, the pilgrimage towards the Father, which all of life is and to do it in such a way so as to ensure that the message would also reach those who did not think that they were Christian.
· A new objective
Changing of environments
· A method, a 3 day plan developed from
The Study of Environments written by Bonnin
Eduardo outlined his thinking in a paper which he named, the Study of the Environment and he shared his ideas with some of the young people from Catholic Action. They became enthused by this new method targeting a profound change in the day to day life of Christians, rather than the preparation for a pilgrimage, and together they decided to put it into practice.
The first 3 day Cursillo in Christianity was held at Cala Figuera August 1944 and between 1944 and 1948 they repeated the experience many times, inviting those Christians who were no longer practising, as well as those who were.
In 1947 Bishop Juan Hervas was appointed Bishop of Mallorca. He took a keen interest in the exciting things being done by the youth of Catholic Action. He met with them weekly and helped them prepare for the Great Pilgrimage which finally took place in 1948. The Pilgrimage was an unqualified success with some 100,000 youth attending from all of Europe and America. There were 600 who had come from Mallorca, the largest representation from any diocese.
Nevertheless, when they returned from Santiago there were many questions that surfaced. What would they do now? How could they channel this return to God to something that was truly lasting?
· Cursillos in Christianity
The answer lay in the Cursillos in Christianity and with the encouragement and support of Bishop Hervas the first Cursillos 3 days, officially sanctioned by the ecclesiastical authorities were held in 1949.
This was the beginnings of a movement that today has spread through 60 countries and numerous Christian denominations. It is estimated that some 5,000,000 Christians have experienced Cursillo in one of its various forms.
AUSTRALIAN CURSILLO (courtesy of Australian Cursillo website)
Our story begins following the first Cursillo held in the United States in 1957, when the talks and literature were translated from the Spanish into English by the Americans. This led to the rapid introduction of the Movement throughout the English speaking world, into Asia and the Pacific region including Australia.
Cursillo was first reported amongst the Spanish community in New South Wales. Some Spanish speaking migrants had been involved in the Cursillo Movement before migrating to Australia. They conducting several Spanish-speaking Cursillo weekends for men in 1963 and 1964.
By 1965, the Movement was well established in Leichhardt (Sydney) which was the Centre of Ultreyas, Group Reunions and the Spanish Leader’s School. Spanish speaking men were essential participants in helping to begin the English speaking Movement in Australia.
At considerable sacrifice to themselves, they provided leadership and support as well as supplying part of the Team for the first English speaking Cursillo. This was held in Armidale NSW on the weekend, 30th July - 2nd August 1965.
It was through the leadership of the United States Cursillo Movement that a small team from USA came to Australia and in conjunction with Cursillistas in Australia, made the first all English Speaking 3 day weekend a reality.
An American was appointed to Armidale University as a lecturer in geography. Both he and his wife were keen Cursillistas and so once they had settled into their new house they began making inquiries as to whether there were any Cursillistas living in New South Wales. Eventually they made contact with a Capuchin Priest who at that time was working in the Leichhardt Parish. From their first meeting came plans to commence the English speaking Cursillo Movement in New South Wales. Permission was sought from the Bishop of Armidale and once granted left only the problem of finding a team.
He invited two Cursillista friends from Kalamazoo (Michigan) and both readily agreed to come and at their own expense. A Cursillo priest also agreed to come and his friends in the Movement took up a collection to pay for his journey. The response was very generous to the extent that a Cursillista handed him a blank cheque with the instruction to "fill it out to whatever you need".
Here then was part of the team but more were needed. Four Spanish Cursillistas who could speak English best agreed to go on team. Two men came from Melbourne and one from Tasmania, truly a cosmopolitan team. Together with a Spiritual Director they held the first English speaking Men's Cursillo in Armidale in July, 1965 and the first Women's was held in December 1965. This Women's Cursillo was somewhat unusual in that it had an all male team.
SPREAD TO DIOCESE (courtesy of Australian Cursillo website)
The Movement proceeded to grow rapidly and details follow of the spread throughout each of the dioceses:
1966 Canberra/Goulburn: The first men’s weekend with a team from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra was held in January 1966. The first women’s weekend with a team from Sydney was held December 1968. Diocesan Contact: Donna Bush
1966 Melbourne: The first men’s and women’s weekends were held in 1966 with the women’s team coming from Sydney and the men’s team coming from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. (In recess)
1967 Wagga Wagga: The first men’s weekend was held in 1967 with a team who came from Canberra/Goulburn. The first ladies weekend was in 1969 with a team from Wagga and Melbourne. Diocesan contact: Garry Van Emmerick
1968 Brisbane: The first men’s weekend was held in 1968 with a team from Sydney. The first women’s weekend was held in December 1969 also with a team from Sydney. Diocesan contact Rhonda
1970 Maitland/Newcastle: The first men’s weekend was held in June 1970 with a team from Sydney together with some locals who had made their weekend in Sydney. The first women’s weekend held in 1972 and the team were also locals and from Sydney. Diocesan contact:
1971 Toowoomba: In May of 1971 a team from Sydney and Brisbane presented the first men’s weekend in Toowoomba. The first women’s weekend was held in October 1972. (in recess)
1972 Bathurst: No early information is available except that teams from Sydney began the first weekends for men and women in 1972. This diocese has been in recess since 1986 however in 2003 the movement was re-activated. Diocesan contact: Ali Lavis
1972 Townsville: The first men’s weekend was held in June 1972 with a team coming from Brisbane. The first women’s weekend was in May 1973 also with a team from Brisbane. (in recess)
1975 Rockhampton: First men’s weekend was held in June 1975 with a team from Brisbane & Rockhampton. A team from Rockhampton took Cursillo to Mackay in 1977. (in recess)
1975 Cairns: The first men’s Cursillo with a team comprised of both Townsville and Cairns Cursillistas was held in January 1975. The first women’s was held in May 1976. Diocesan contact: Patricia Abbey Website: cairnscursillo.org
1976 Perth: A team from Melbourne held the first men’s weekend in Perth October 1976 and it was not until January 1977 that the first women’s weekend was held with a team from Sydney. In 1990 the Movement went into recess and a National team drawn from all around Australia held the first men’s and women’s 3 days in 2004. Diocesan contact Thelma.
1968 Sale: The first men’s weekend was held in Sale June 1968 and most of the team were from Melbourne. Diocesan contact: John Cooney
1982 Lismore: The first men’s and women’s weekends were held in 1982 with a team from Brisbane. Diocesan contact: John Moloney
1984 Hobart: The first weekends began as mixed weekends and were held in January 1985. (in recess) Diocesan contact: Gabrielle Fraser
1988 Adelaide: Arrangements were made for the first weekends to be held with a Wagga and Adelaide team in May 1988. Diocesan contact: Win Richter
2000 Wollongong: Approval from the Bishop was received and a team from Canberra/Goulburn with support from Cursillistas living in Wollongong began preparing for the first men’s and women’s weekends. Diocesan Contact: Denise D'Amore
2000 Darwin: Three women from Canberra/Goulburn, Brisbane and Cairns diocese together with 3 men from Brisbane, Maitland/Newcastle, and Adelaide joined a group of 4 Cursillistas who resided in Darwin to present the first men’s and the first women’s weekends August 2000. (in recess)
1986 Melbourne Spanish: Melbourne Spanish speaking began in 1986 with a mixed weekend but returned to single gender weekends in the late 1990’s. Diocesan contact:
1992 Vietnam in Diaspora: The first Cursillo weekend in Vietnamese was introduced to Sydney in 1992. Contact: Vincent Ha Nguyen
Korea: Leaders from Korea have come to Sydney, Australia to conduct men’s and women’s 3 days every two years. Contact: Stephen Suh
1988 Singapore In 1988 a team of six Cursillistas from Brisbane volunteered to present a men’s and women’s 3 Days in an effort to re-establish the Cursillo movement in the Singapore.
2003 New Zealand: The first men’s and women’s weekends were held July/August 2003. Contact: Gerry Smy
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Cursillo Secretariat meeting planning Cursillo weekends.
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