Format of the Exercises
Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning “little” or “short course.” It begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday night. During those three days the Cursillistas (those attending) live and work together, listening to talks given by priests and laymen. They also attend Mass, receive Communion, pray the rosary, and visit the Blessed Sacrament daily. The priest, who is the “spiritual director”, and the laymen who make up the Cursillo team spend weeks working and praying together in preparation. The Cursillo takes careful planning because the time is short and the subject extensive.