FAQ

1. How much does a Cursillo Weekend cost?
2. Where are the Weekends held?
3. Do I have to share a room?
4. What should I bring?
5. What if I have to cancel at the last minute?
6. Who do I tell about special diet requirements?
7. What is an Ultreya? Who may attend?
8. What is a Group Reunion? Who may join one?
9. When and where did Cursillo begin?
10.I would like my friend to attend Cursillo. What do I do?
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1. How much does a Cursillo weekend cost?
The weekend has been fully paid for before you even register. The cost to the Cursillo Community is approximately $275.00 per person (2019). This includes 2 nights’ accommodation (Friday-Saturday) and five meals (Saturday-Sunday), plus copious snacks.

2. Where are the weekends held?
The Cursillo weekends have been held at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert, starting after supper on Friday evening..

3. Do I have to share a room?
At the Star of the North Retreat Center, each person attending a Cursillo weekend has a private room. This allows for private reflection and meditation Washroom facilities are shared.

4. What should I bring?
Bring comfortable, casual clothes, personal toiletries and medications, a Bible or other personal reading. Notepaper will be provided, as well as a small supply of emergency items if you forget something (e.g. toothpaste). Dress in layers as some parts of the centre are quite warm and others are chilly. Please leave cameras, computer devices and cell phones at home. Really, you won’t need them! If you need to make contact with home, our Proctors will be happy to help you out.

5. What if I have to cancel at the last minute?
The Weekend will not start until all registrants have arrived, or are otherwise accounted for, so if you find you cannot attend due to illness or emergency at the last minute, be sure to let your sponsor know. If you cannot contact your sponsor, call the emergency contact number provided in your confirmation letter.

6. Who do I tell about special diet requirements?
Include this information on your application form when you apply to attend a weekend. If you forgot to do this, contact the Registrar or Lay Director.

7. What is an Ultreya? Who may attend?
An Ultreya is a large gathering of a group of individuals who have attended a Cursillo weekend, for ongoing inspiration, encouragement and support. An Ultreya usually includes singing, a witness talk, small-group sharing, fellowship and snacks when we meet in person. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been meeting very successfully via Zoom. Even if you have not yet made a Cursillo weekend, you are welcome to join us and find out more about Cursillo. More details on the calendar of events.

8. What is a Group Reunion? Who may join one?
A group reunion is a meeting of a small group of people, usually three to five, on a regular basis, to share their spiritual journeys with one another in mutual support and encouragement. Individuals who have made a Cursillo weekend are strongly encouraged to form or join a group reunion. Read more in the Rev. Joseph Walker’s Servant Community presentation about the biblical foundation for group reunion.

9. When and where did Cursillo begin?
Cursillo began in Spain in the 1940s, and later expanded into the United States, then into Canada. The first Cursillo Weekend in the Diocese of Edmonton was in 1990. Read more about the history of the Cursillo movement.

10. I would like my friend to attend Cursillo. What do I do?
Talk to your parish priest about your friend, talk to God about your friend; pray for guidance in being a sponsor for your friend. Be prepared to complete the sponsor’s part of the application, and to walk with your friend through their Cursillo experience and into their fourth day. Bishop Ken Genge has spoken to the Servant Community about Cursillo sponsorship.

How Cursillo is governed:

Canadian Anglican Cursillo Movement – The National Secretariat coordinates activities in all dioceses, is responsible for the Cursillo Licence agreement with the Roman Catholic Church, provides national guidelines, and outlines diocesan responsibilities. Edmonton Anglican Cursillo operates under the authority and with the permission of our Bishop.

Edmonton Diocesan Secretariat – Secretariat is made up of elected members (Secretary, Palanca Chair, 4th Day Chair, Servant Community Chair and Communications Chair) and those appointed by the Bishop (Lay Director and Spiritual Director) and by the lay director (Registrar/Treasurer). Secretariat members are strongly encouraged to undertake this ministry according to the Expectations of Cursillo Secretariat Members document. Diocese of Edmonton Cursillo Guidelines┬áhave been developed by the Secretariat to cover such topics as team and candidate selection, music, banners, etc.