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 Courier

Autumn 2023

Cursillo weekends

Planning is underway for the next Cursillo Weekend for 2024.

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

Cursillo events planned for 2023 are:

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

Saturday February 25th: DIOCESAN ULTREYA Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton

Sunday 7th May: SHOW YOUR COLOURS DAY All parishes

Saturday June 17th: FIRE DAY (SOUTH) Nambucca Valley Parish

Saturday 15th July: FIRE DAY (NORTH) Ballina

Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th October: REGENER8 Christ Church Cathedral, 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.


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 14th – Sunday 15th October 2023: REGENER8 Christ Church Cathedral, 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 2023  – Saturday 25th February 2023: DIOCESAN ULTREYA .  This will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton

                                                   9:30am Morning Tea,  10am  Eucharist.  The date will finish around 3pm.

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