Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

Cursillo

What is Cursillo:

Cursillo (pronounced ‘kur-see-yo’; meaning small course) is an apostolic movement in the Catholic Church which started in Mallorca, Spain in 1944 and has been active in the Diocese of Ogdensburg since the 1960s. The purpose of Cursillo is to form effective lay Christian leaders and disciples of Jesus Christ through an intensive short course presented over a three-day weekend.

Cursillistas (pronounced 'cur-see-is-tas'; those who have participated in the three-day Cursillo weekend) then continue deepen their relationships with Jesus by gathering regularly in small groups. Through these small groups and sharing the practices of prayer, study and apostolic action, friendships deepen, members are held accountable to grow in their relationships with Jesus and each other. This faith cannot be contained. Cursillo’s goal is to renew the Faith of the Body of Christ by bringing His message of love to our family, friends, coworkers and neighbors in the places where we work, live and worship, so that they too, may follow Jesus.

Want to Learn More Before Making a  Weekend?

If you would like to get a feel for what Cursillo is about, we encourage you to "come and see." You are most welcome to join us for an Ultreya (ull-tray-ya meaning “onward”), a monthly regional prayer-and-fellowship gathering of small Cursillo groups. Currently, there are three Ultreyas:    

NORTH COUNTRY CURSILLO ULTREYAS 
   
Massena Region Ultreya (formerly Brasher Falls): Last Monday of each month at 6:30 pm, St. Mary’s Social Hall, 11 Sycamore Street, Massena, NY 
Contact: Marika Donders at 315-393-2920 ext. 1380 or mdonders@rcdony.org     

Plattsburgh Region Ultreya; 2nd Friday of each month at 6:30 pm, downstairs in St. John the Baptist Church, corner of Broad and Oak Street, Plattsburgh, NY    
Contact: Susan Kocsis at 940-235-7090 or skocsis52@outlook.com

Watertown Region Ultreya:  TBA     
Contact: Anne Seegebarth at 315-783-4596 or ams2962@gmail.com

The Cursillo Weekend:

2019 Women's Cursillo Weekend

Normally, there are two Cursillo weekends each year, one for men, and one for women. The next Cursillo weekends are tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2021: Men’s Weekend April 15-18; Women’s Weekend April 29-May 2.

A Cursillo Weekend is an encounter with self, Christ and others. It is three days of joyful living and sharing, experiencing and learning a simple method to know God better and develop more fully as a Christian. The purpose of the weekend is to provide the tools for daily Christian living. Cursillo begins on a Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. 

During the three days, participants hear talks given by priests, deacons and lay persons, and may participate in discussion with others in small groups. The Eucharist is celebrated each day, and there is time for personal prayer and reflection, Sacrament of Reconciliation and fellowship. The weekend reviews the basics of Catholic faith with an emphasis on how you may live it more effectively in your own life.    

Since each person’s circumstances in life are different and each has a unique relationship with God, the Cursillo weekend is a deeply personal experience and, as such, can’t be fully described. It must be lived and experienced first-hand to appreciate.

Below are links to the fillable PDF Candidate Application form. Candidates should complete the candidate section of the Candidate Application, print it, and give it to their parish priest to complete.  Mail the completed form to the address at the bottom of the form or contact us at  nccsec2019@gmail.com. If you are interested in becoming a candidate but do not have a sponsor, please complete the application and indicate that you will need a sponsor. The Cursillo Team will assist with finding a sponsor in your area.    Sponsors should complete the Sponsor Application and read the Sponsor Commitment carefully. If you have any questions about sponsoring, please contact  nccsec2019@gmail.com or call (518) 327-3498.    

Application for Candidates      
Cursillo Sponsors Application and Commitment 

In order to make a Cursillo Weekend, each candidate must have a sponsor. If you have questions, or would like to be sponsored, please contact Elaine Sater, North Country Cursillo Secretary at nccsec2019@gmail.com or call (518)327-3498   

Secretariat:

The Secretariat is the administrative arm of the North Country Cursillo and meets quarterly in person and other months or as needed virtually via MS TEAMS.    

2019/2020 Officers:  
   
Lay Director: Dwane Bast: dwane@adkcoffeeroasters.com or call 518-643-2162
Secretary: Elaine Sater nccsec2019@gmail.com or call (518)327-3498
Treasurer: Anne Seegebarth ams2962@gmail.com 
School of Leaders Chair: Cathy Witkowski cathywitkowski@charter.net
Pre Cursillo Coordinator: Michael Neaton: neatonmichael@yahoo.com
Post Cursillo Coordinator: Marika Donders mdonders@rcdony.org
Weekend Coordinator: Susan Kocsis  skocsis52@outlook.com
Palanca Coordinator: :  Patricia Jenkins patty.jenkins6852@gmail.com
Members-at-Large: 
     Darcy Fargo dfargo@rcdony.org
     Kathy Kirschner kkirschner@twcny.rr.com     
     Robert Manchester manch815@gmail.com
     Dan Stewart dshope4444@gmail.com  

Spiritual Advisor: Rev. Tim Canaan