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 Margaret –   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 weekends planned for 2020 are:


March 7                ‘Fire Day’ at St John the Baptist Church, Lennox Head, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

March  14            Secretariat Meeting 9:30 am for 10;00 am Start

May 2                    ‘Fire Day at Port Macquarie, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

May 16                 Secretariat Meeting 9:30 am for 10;00 am Start

May 17                 ‘Show your colours Day’ at your local Church

June 5-8 Labour Day Long Weekend

Combines Women and Men

W-M 62 Weekend at NURALAMEE, Corindi Beach

July 4                     Follow-up Day at St Matthew’s. South Grafton 9:30 am for 10:00 am Start

July 18-19            ‘REGENER 8’  To be advised

August 22            Secretariat Meeting 9:30 am for 10:00 am Start

October 3            Secretariat Meeting 9:30 am for 10:00 am Start

November 14     DIOCESAN ULTREYA at Grafton 9:30 am for 10:00 am

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.

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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.

Date & Venue for 2020

July 18 – 19 (Venue to be advised)



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 & Venue for 2020

Christ Church Cathedral Grafton: November 14

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.