Southern Missouri Cursillo weekends to be held in 2017By: Linda Leicht Cape Girardeau MO
Cursillo is back in the Diocese!
After a nearly seven-year hiatus, the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau will once again have an active Cursillo Secretariat and two, three-day weekends are planned in early 2017.
Cursillo is a unique program of spiritual growth that was started in 1944 in Majorca, Spain, and by the 1970s had spread throughout the Church in the United States, including the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese. Interest waned locally once the movement lost a location at which to hold its own weekend encounters. The last diocesan Cursillo Weekend held in 2009. However, groups have been participating in Cursillo Weekend in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
“I am really excited,” said Margarita Gagliardi, who made her Cursillo 40 years ago. “Everything just fell into place.”
Cursillistas (people who have completed a Cursillo Weekend) never lost their faith to once again have local weekends. After feverish work with the national and regional Cursillo offices, the Diocese once again is approved to hold its own Cursillo Weekends.
Sharon Essner, who serves Southern Missouri Cursillo as Lay Director, calls Cursillo “a God moment,” and plans have come together pretty quickly when Cursillo representatives found a location for the upcoming weekends, all within a matter of days of getting formal approval.
The dates for the upcoming weekends are confirmed—Feb. 23-26, 2017, for a women’s weekend, and March 23-26, 2017, for a men’s weekend. The weekends will be held at Pinecrest Camp and Conference Center in Fredericktown, MO (www.pinecrestcamp.org). The camp is owned by the Church of the Nazarene, which will also provide food and do all the cooking.
“The folks there could not have been more welcoming,” Essner said.
But there is plenty more to do, including getting teams together for both weekends. Some volunteers will work in the conference room, helping to lead the sessions, while others will work behind the scenes. If there are not enough people to work on the teams from the Diocese, Cursillistas from St. Louis have agreed to step in and help, Essner said.
There will be training, including a School of Leaders on Aug. 11. Although far-flung, members will meet in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Springfield and in St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau and come together via the Internet thanks to the video-conferencing App “Skype.”
Southern Missouri Cursillo has a Web presence now on the diocesan Website, www.dioscg.org. There, interested persons can find more information about upcoming events and the Cursillo movement.
To learn more about attending a Cursillo Weekend or serving on the teams, contact Sharon Essner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 334-0373 and leave a message; or Anne Detten at email@example.com or call (303) 915-0510.