Philadelphia Cursillo

What is Cursillo?

In Spain during the 1940’s a group of men, led by Eduardo Bonnin decided that many in the Catholic Church were not learning about their faith through traditional methods. It was decided that lay men might be able to communicate living their faith in a unique way that will help other men to learn how to encounter them self, encounter Christ and encounter others.  After much prayer and effort, a short course in Christianity was developed, called Cursillo de Christiandad. This course is given during the Cursillo Weekend: a combination of a traditional and communal retreat weekend.  A few years later, the first Women’s Cursillo Weekend was developed in order to help Lay Women to learn about their faith with this unique method. With the ongoing support of clergy and the religious as Spiritual Advisors, Cursillo has been a transformative movement within our Catholic Church since its inception.

The Cursillo in Christianity is a movement of the Roman Catholic Church that is committed to helping each member to foster a deeper relationship with Christ, so that they can bring Christ into the everyday moments of their lives. Cursillo teaches us how to do this through our ongoing efforts of bringing the primary Charism of the movement into each encounter; that is helping one another to be Christian. In doing this, we help one another to become the person God created us to be.

Important Links and Contacts

Click here to watch a video entitled "What is the Cursillo?"
English Lay Director: or 610-458-0734
Lay Director Spanish Philadelphia Cursillo: or 267-592-7832
Region II Cursillo:
National Cursillo Movement:
World Organization of Cursillos in Christianity:  
World Cursillo- World Meeting May 6-9, 2017 at Fatima, Portugal:
Cause for canonization of Eduardo Bonnin: 
National fundraising: