Cursillo Cursillo


Welcome to the Cursillo website! The purpose of this site is to function as a "community-based" centre for Cursillistas, and as a point-of-information for those interested in Cursillo.


What is a Cursillo?

Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning "little" or "short" course.  It begins on a Thursday evening and ends on Sunday evening.  During those three days the Cursillistas (those attending) live and work together, listening to talks given by priests and laity.  As the daily celebration of Eucharist is a central feature of the Cursillo experience, the weekend is best suited to Catholics.

One definition states: "The purpose (or goal) of the Movement is to make Christian community possible in neighbourhoods, parishes, work situations and other places where people live the greater part of their lives. It makes possible for anyone in the world to live a Christian life in a natural way."

The Cursillo Movement is a powerful instrument of renewal in the Catholic Church. Its aim is to concentrate closely on the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ. The Cursillo gives those who attend it a living understanding of basic Christian truths and the desire to serve the Church. Furthermore, it provides a means to continue the Christian formation that just began in the three-day exercises. 

The first Ottawa Cursillo was held in 1966, the same year Pope Paul VI designated Cursillo a renewal movement of the Church and named St. Paul as its patron. 

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There are several ways to make a donation to the OTTAWA CURSILLO MOVEMENT:
1.Cheque - You may make a one-time or regular donations to the OTTAWA CURSILLO MOVEMENT by sending a cheque or series of post-dated cheques to:   Ottawa Cursillo Movement, 153 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 3T8, Attention: Treasurer.

2. On-line - You may also make one-time or regular donations by clicking on the DONATE NOW button.  The donation(s) will be made either through PayPal or through a credit card of your choice.  Your donation may be made anonymously if you wish.

The OTTAWA CURSILLO MOVEMENT is a registered Canadian charity (#125243733RR0001).  You can discover more about the OTTAWA CURSILLO MOVEMENT by visiting Canada Revenue Agency's Charities and Giving website which contains the OTTAWA CURSILLO MOVEMENT's returns, including financial statements, for the last 12 years.  

You will receive a charitable income tax receipt for your donation, no matter how big or small your donation is.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Treasurer, Mary Louise Sutherland

Thank you for making a difference in our movement.