Updated June 14, 2023


Spiritual Director

Dc. Rob Brothers
Phone: (479) 306-8188 (cell)

En Español

The Cursillo movement strives for Christ to be the prime influence in society. Cursillo is a simple method to develop Christian spirituality, mentality, activity and community. The prime objectives of the Cursillo movement in Arkansas are to develop in adult Christians a consciousness of their power and mission to become leaders in the work of Christian renewal, and to sustain them as they provide a Christian leaven in civic, social and economic life.

Cursillo (pronounced kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word meaning "little" or "short course." Cursillos de Cristiandad (short courses of Christianity) is an international, lay movement of the Catholic Church developed in Spain in the 1940s and spread to the United States by 1957. 

The goal of Cursillo is to "teach men and women how to become effective Christian leaders in their neighborhoods, parishes, work situations and other places where people live." Cursillo "forms Christians through spiritual formation courses (cursillos), in which they are invited to build a closer relationship with Christ and to a deeper experience of Christian community. It was officially recognized by Pope St. Paul VI, who designated Cursillos as a renewal movement of the Church."

There are three stages of the movement: Pre-Cursillo (recruiting phase), Cursillo Three Day (weekend retreat) and Post-Cursillo (small group gatherings, ultreyas, school of leaders). The retreat begins on a Thursday evening and ends on Sunday night, during which participants listen to rollos (pronounced roy-os), which are talks presented by priests and laypeople. They also pray, have small group discussion and celebrate Mass together. Retreats and small groups are offered separately for men and women.

In April 2023, a national team trained 26 Arkansas Cursillo leaders in English at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. Weekend retreats for men and women will be scheduled in 2024 in English. For more information about the Cursillo program in our diocese, contact Deacon Brothers in English at (479) 306-8188 or