In today's world, can Christianity penetrate and thrive in the many areas of secular life? Can it transform the world in a way that is in keeping with the times? The Cursillo movement believes this is possible. It proposes no new type of spirituality but simply a method through which spirituality may be developed, lived, and shared in any area of human life.
Cursillo (pronounced kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word meaning "short course." During this three-day experience, those attending pray together, celebrate Eucharist, listen to talks given by priests, religious and laypersons, and share fellowship with Jesus Christ and each other.
Although a Cursillo is not a retreat, its aim is to concentrate on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. As a lay movement, Cursillo gives those who attend a living understanding of basic Christian truths and a desire to serve the Church. It also provides a means to continue the Christian formation that begins during the three-day experience.