Cursillo: let's have your memories


The joy and laughter of Cursillo - Carol Thayer and Linda Lewis from NantwichTwenty-four years ago the Diocese of Chester was given a gift, in the shape of Cursillo, a short course which invites Christians to meet with God, guided by lay-led talks and clergy-led meditations. The course seeks to give those taking part Christian love, deep reflection and much fun. So since 1988 Christians in our diocese have found their relationship with Christ enriched through the Cursillo experience. Have you been on a Cursillo weekend or know someone who has? If so, we would like to hear your memories and maybe you would like to tell where Christ has led you since.

Your input would form part of the preparations for the course’s silver jubilee next year. Do get in touch with the Revd Veronica Hydon or Cath Shambrook

A year and a bit from now, on Sunday 21 April in 2013, our diocese will celebrate 25 years of service which has grown from that first gift of a Cursillo weekend. Please join us for an afternoon of celebration in Chester culminating in a service at Chester Cathedral with Bishop Peter, starting at 6.30pm.

God’s love touches our lives so remarkably through Cursillo – so let us hear about it. Pictured right are Carol Thayer and Linda Lewis from Nantwich - a good example of the joy of Cursillo, which is one of the course's aspects.

And if you would like to go on a Cursillo weekend in 2012, please contact Beth Roberts. Phone her on 07703126163 or email

The next two dates are:
26 to 29 April at Wistaston Hall, Crewe
18 to 21 October at Savio House, Bollington, near Macclesfield.

Each ‘weekend’ runs from Thursday tea-time to Sunday evening – and the ‘fourth day’ lasts the rest of our lives.

* Founded in Majorca, Spain, by a group of laymen in 1944, while they were refining a technique to train pilgrimage leaders, ‘Cursillo’ is Spanish for short course.

With roots in Roman Catholic Christianity, it has since been licensed for use by several mainline Christian denominations, some of which have retained the trademarked ‘Cursillo’ name while others have modified its talks/methods and given it a different name.

The course focuses on showing Christian lay people how to become effective leaders over the course of a three-day weekend. The major emphasis of the weekend is to ask participants to take what they have learned back into the world, on what they call the ‘fourth day’.