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 2021 are:


May 1  ‘Fire Day’ at Port Macquarie, 50 Hay St. 9.30am – 2.30pm. Cost:$10 for lunch


May 15  ‘Fire Day’ at Murwillumbah, 26 – 30 Byangum Rd. 9.30am  – 2.30pm. Cost: $10 for lunch

May 16  ‘Show your Colours Day’  at your local church


June 19  Secretariat Meeting, 10.00 am via Zoom


July 17-18  Regener8 Weekend, South Grafton, 64 Tyson St  (cancelled due to pandemic)


Aug 14  Secretariat Meeting, 10am via Zoom


June 3-5, 2022  Three-Day Cursillo Weekend. Venue TBA

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 Days 2021

Cursillo Secretariat with Bishop Murray at Grafton Cathedral Ultreya Feb 6th 2021


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.

Now cancelled due to pandemicDate and Venue for 2021: 17-18 July 2021 at South Grafton, 64 Tyson St



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 2021 TBA

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 also ask for a copy of the latest Cursillo Courier from Megan Octigan, Editor Cursillo Courier: