Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning ‘little or short course’.

Cursillo is also 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.

The first step of Cursillo is participation in a short course in Christian living which is usually 3 days in community.

Those who have experienced the short course (‘Cursillistas’) are encouraged in their daily relationship with Jesus Christ and in their discipleship (‘Fourth Day’) through regular meetings of encouragement with fellow travellers.

Cursillo in the Diocese of Grafton

If you have experienced Cursillo elsewhere and you are interested in joining in with other Cursillistas in the Diocese of Grafton, you can contact Carol Anderson, Media Liaison, email:  for details of local contacts. We will be pleased to have you join with us.

Cursillo weekends

If you want to talk with someone about participating in a Cursillo weekend, you can contact your local Parish Priest.

Cursillo events planned for 2022 are:

If you require further information about an event, please email Carol Anderson

Saturday February 12th: DIOCESAN ULTREYA by Zoom at 10am

Saturday May 7th: FIRE DAY (SOUTH) Nambucca Valley Parish

Sunday 15th May: SHOW YOUR COLOURS DAY All parishes

Saturday 28th May: FIRE DAY (NORTH) St Andrew’s Lismore

Friday 10th June – Monday 13th June: CURSILLO 3-DAY WEEKEND Nuralamee, Red Rock

Saturday 2nd July: FOLLOW UP DAY (AFTER CURSILLO WEEKEND) St Matthew’s Church, South Grafton

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd October: REGENER8 St Matthew’s Church, South Grafton

Those involved in Cursillo in the Diocese of Grafton also meet as larger groups to share, learn and encourage each other. These include Fire days, Regener8 and Ultreyas.

Fire day

This is a Christian teaching and fellowship meeting on a single day for encouraging and sharing in our opportunities and our joys of being God’s people in our environments.

Fire Day at Port Macquarie May 1st 2021.

Fire Day at Murwillumbah May 15th 2021


Regener8 is a two day event especially designed for those who experienced their Cursillo years ago and wish to regenerate the passion that they experienced as part of a Cursillo weekend. Regener8 includes a fun night with local parishioners which is a highlight of the weekend.

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd October 2022: REGENER8 St Matthew’s Church,  64 Tyson St, South Grafton


The major Diocesan gathering of Cursillistas is the Ultreya. It involves worship, meeting to share and encourage, a witness talk, and a fellowship BYO lunch.

Date and Venue for 2022  – Saturday 12th February 2022: DIOCESAN ULTREYA by Zoom at 10am due to Covid. If you require information about an event, please email Carol Anderson

Staying in Contact

Those active in Cursillo in the Diocese of Grafton stay in touch with all the news and activities by reading our Cursillo Courier newsletter. If you wish to receive a regular copy of our newsletter via email, you may contact your Parish Care Person.

Please contact Megan Octigan, Editor Cursillo Courier for  the latest Cursillo Courier