Quincy Cursillo

     In today's world, can Christianity penetrate and thrive in the many areas of secular life?  Can it transform the world in a way that is in keeping with the times? The Cursillo Movement believes this is possible.  Cursillo proposes no new type of spirituality but simply a method through which one's spirituality may be developed, lived and shared in any area of human life.

     Cursillo (pronounced kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word meaning "short course".  During this three-day experience, those attending pray together, celebrate Eucharist, listen to talks given by priests, religious and laypersons, and share fellowship of Jesus Christ and each other.

     Although a Cursillo is not a retreat, its aim is to concentrate on the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ.  As a Lay Movement, Cursillo gives those who attend a living understanding of basic Christian truths and a desire to serve the Church. It also provides a means to continue the Christian formation that begins during the three-day experience.

     Quincy Cursillo is centered in Quincy, Illinois within the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.  We hosted our first Cursillo in December 1974 and continue to hold eight weekends per year - four for men and four for women. They are held at the Franciscan Retreat Center at 18th and Seminary Road. For specific dates, see our Calendar of Events.

Download a general information brochure about Cursillo

Read Bishop Thomas John Paprocki's comments after he attended the January 2012 Cursillo weekend

View Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Springfield Illinois Diocese talk about Cursillo and his experience attending the January 2012 weekend.

Bishop Paprocki's February 12, 2012 Column from Diocese of Springfield in IL.