Cursillo Movement

by MMJ Admin
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THE CURSILLO MOVEMENT: WHAT IS IT? The Cursillo Movement arose within the Catholic Church in Spain in the 1940’s and was canonically recognized by the Holy See on June 11, 2004. The Cursillo Movement seeks to remind laity of their unique role in the world as Christians and empower a Christian life. The term “Cursillo” means “short course,” and people (candidates) attend a Cursillos over a 3-day weekend. Topics are presented by both trained laity and clergy. The Movement’s foundation is symbolized by a “tripod”. One tripod “leg” represents Piety/Holiness and ways are taught on how candidates can grow in piety. The second “leg” represents Study/Formation, which challenges candidates to learn more about the Faith through the Bible, the Roman Catholic catechism, the lives of the Saints, spiritual writings, etc. The final “leg” represents Action/Evangelization, which, simply put, means living obvious Christian lives. Following the introductory weekend, “graduates” or Cursillistas, as they are now called, are encouraged to join small groups of other Cursillistas and meet regularly throughout their lives. These small groups provide encouragement and accountability for each individual as they try to live out their Christian calling as laity. Diocese of Yakima Cursillo Movement (English-speaking Community)


Spiritual Advisors:

Fr. John O’Shea
Holy Spirit Parish, Kennewick
509- 735-1478

Deacon Kerry Turley
St. Joseph’s Parish, Sunnyside

Lay Director:

John McKean
Holy Family Parish, Yakima
509-945-8327 C or


Dan Sisk
Christ the King Parish, Richland 509-942-4085

Dianne Turley
St. Joseph’s Parish, Sunnyside



Jeremy Strohmeyer
St. Joseph’s Parish, Kennewick



Luann Anderson
St. Juan Diego Parish, Cowiche
509-678-0235 (h)
509-731-6975 ©


Paul Shaber
Holy Spirit Parish, Kennewick

School of Leaders:

Bill Kitchen
Christ the King Parish, Richland

Lay Director Emeritus:

Carl Zeamer
Christ the King Parish, Richland

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