In 1944, the first Three Day Cursillo for friends took place in a cottage in Cala Figuera, Spain. The short course has now been given to men and women around the world, in more than sixty countries and 15000 dioceses, and has assisted generations of Christians to more faithfully follow Jesus in their daily lives.
Cursillo spread rapidly throughout the world, and in the 1960’s, only two decades after the Cursillo movement was founded in Spain, the first Cursillo Weekends were held in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
In 1980, the World Organization of the Cursillo Movement (also known by it’s Spanish acronym OMCC (Organismo Mundial de Cursillos de Cristiandad) was established as an organization to coordinate the Cursillos de Cristiandad Movement.
In September of 2006, the Pontifical Council for the Laity listed the World Organization of the Cursillo Movement in the Directory of International Associations of the Faithful.
In the spring of 2014, with the support of Vermont Cursillo and the Regional and National Cursillo leadership, The Catholic Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Ogdensburg was re-invigorated, and became known as “North Country Cursillo”.
In August of 2014, joint teams of “Cursillistas” from Vermont and Northern New York came together to present a men’s Cursillo Weekend at St Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte, Vermont and a women’s Cursillo Weekend at Mountain Meadows Resort in Killington, Vermont.
During October of 2014 a reunion was held at St Mary’s of the Lake Oratory in Plattsburgh, NY. This gathering brought together our new Cursillistas, the Weekend teams, and many Cursillistas who were once very active in our diocese. Bishop LaValley capped this special celebration of Ogdensburg Cursillo with a Mass to mark the occasion.
Since then, Cursillo Weekends were held at Guggenheim Center in Saranac Lake and the Movement has continued to grow. There are now over 170 known Cursillistas in the diocese, including more than 20 priests, deacons and religious sisters.
Cursillo is again alive and well and helping with Bishop LaValley’s five year evangelization plan to bring all Catholics closer to Christ in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.