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Cursillo in the Diocese of Blackburn
Anglican Cursillo is a movement of the Church providing a method by which Christians are empowered to grow through prayer, study and action and enabled to share God’s love with everyone
What is Cursillo?
Cursillo is a movement within the church which supports, inspires and empowers committed Christians, lay and ordained, to develop and use the gifts that God has given them in a community of discipleship.
Within a Christian community, Cursillo leadership is shared between laity and clergy.
What is Cursillo about?
Cursillo is a world transformed by the love of God
With its three fold foundation of:
Study, Action and Prayer
It offers a strong and supportive structure for Christian life. Members meet regularly at parish, deanery, diocesan and national level to review their commitment to study, action and prayer and to support and encourage one another in their Christian lives. This ensures that Cursillo members are part of a vibrant Christian community
A three day weekend presents the core experience of Cursillo
The weekends, usually held at Whalley Abbey, begin on Thursday evening, ending the following Sunday afternoon, and provide, what is for many, a life changing experience through which God inspires, renews and challenges. Away from the everyday pressures of life the pilgrims and team form a Christian community, learning, praying, sharing, singing and living together. In the course of three days the team of lay people and Spiritual Advisers give a series of talks focusing on the mission concepts of prayer, study and action
A Cursillo weekend is not so much a spiritual retreat as a fun filled experience of loving Christian community where every individual is cared for. There is no fasting or much time for solitude but much opportunity for worship and prayer
“Fourth Day” - the rest of your life
After these three days the new “Cursillistas” go into the Fourth Day to continue their Christian journey together. They join together in a small Group “Reunion” and meet regularly for mutual support and encouragement. This, together with the meetings of the wider Cursillo community, underscores and supports apostolic action, providing a structure for a lifetime’s experience of Christian love and service. Friendship, laughter and fun are a big part of all Cursillo activities
Must I go on a Weekend to join Cursillo?
While the Weekend is designed to be the core experience of the movement, some people are more comfortable to discover the support and encouragement that Cursillo offers through small groups. However, the option to go on a Weekend is always open and offers such an enriching and often life changing experience that people are encouraged to go if it is at all possible for them
A Brief History of Cursillo
The name Cursillo—pronounced “ker-see-o” derives from the Spanish “Cursillos de Christiandad” meaning “short courses in Christian living”.
Cursillo began on the island of Majorca in 1949 when a group of men began to pray, talk and work together to find a way to renew the Christian faith in the Roman Catholic Church there. It soon spread to mainland Spain. The movement spread from Spain throughout the world. The first English language Cursillo was held in Texas in 1961.
Today thousands of Anglicans all over the world are involved in Cursillo under the direction of their Bishops. The movement exists, sometimes under other names, in other denominations. Cursillo came to the United Kingdom in 1981, starting in the Dioceses of Bangor and Gloucester. It is now available in more than eighteen Dioceses, including Blackburn.
The word ULTREYA echoes Cursillo’s Spanish origins and means ‘onward’. It was used by pilgrims on the way to Compostella to urge each other on and therefore has come to mean a forum through which Christians meet together to encourage and support each other, obeying the call in Hebrews 10:24-25.

Cursillo Events 2017





Wed June 7th


Church of the Ascension Ribbleton

Tue July 8th


St Michael & All Angels Much Hoole

Sat Sept 2nd

National Ultreya

Southwell & Nottingham

Fri Sept 8th

Happening Weekend

Whalley Abbey

Mon Sept 18th


St Laurence Chorley

Thurs Oct 26th

Weekend #65

Whalley Abbey

Wed Nov 15th


St Peter Darwen

Tue Dec 5th

Advent Gathering

Holy Trinity Tarleton

For further details of British Anglican Cursillo, see:
Blackburn Diocese contacts:
Lay Director -
Mrs Louisa McFarlane
155 Golden Hill Lane, Leyland  PR25 3XJ
Tel: 01772 451526

Spiritual Director -
The Revd Graham Ashworth
39 Lowther Drive, Leyland  PR26 6QB
Tel: 01772 495422
Communications Officer -
Mr David Riding
57 The Oaks, Walton Park, Preston  PR5 4LT
Tel: 01772 627018
Secretary -
Mrs Michelle Wareham
11 Lawnwood Avenue, Chorley  PR7 2NF
Tel: 07970 559853
Treasurer -
Mrs Dawn McDermott
8 Jacks Key Drive, Darwen  BB3 2LG
Tel: 01254 708331
Happening - a junior version for 15-20 year olds -
Tasha Green
Tel: 07856 594 816
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