School of Leaders

What Is Cursillo

           The Cursillo begins with the School of Leaders and from it comes the Secretariat.  Their combined effort is to present the Cursillo weekend.  Thus the School of Leaders has been and will continue to be an indispensable element for the continuity and development of the Cursillo Movement.

           The term School is used for a good reason and it is a mistake to understand it as a place where some 'teach' and others listen. Rather it is to be understood in terms of a School of thought, a place where all opinions have value, where each one brings their own insight and together the participants come to a unity of purpose and understanding. We also need to look at the term 'Leader' as used in the Cursillo context. By virtue of our baptism we are called to be Christian leaders, people know and understand this. It is no different in Cursillo; we are called to be no less. In the Precursillo we look for those individuals who, often unaware, possess natural leadership qualities and then through the Cursillo Weekend facilitate their making the Three Encounters. Bearing this in mind, it is obvious we are not talking about Leaders in the Cursillo but rather Cursillo Leaders, i.e. those who using their natural qualities, and now living in Grace, are empowered to live their Christianity in the environments.

           The School of Leaders is to be the 'nuclei of reflection' on what Cursillo is and what it can or should be, in every aspect of the method, i.e. Precursillo, Cursillo Weekend, and PostCursillo.

           The purpose of the School of Leaders is to accelerate the living of what is fundamental for being a Christian in each of its members as individuals and in the Cursillo Movement as a whole.

           It is to gather a group of people who, having or desiring to have the genuine mentality and understanding of Cursillo, know that they must be transparent in all their being and their actions in both the School of leaders and in life.

The concept of this agenda is to discuss and reach a better understanding of each topic and how it contributes to the success of the Cursillo.

 

*** This agenda for the Phenix City satellite School of Leaders is a month in advance of the rest of the satellite schools in the diocese.

 

February           Discussion of Chapter 6 of Leaders’ Manual pp. 57-first 2 paragraph 61

 

March                Cursillo Manual Chapter 1 & 3. 

                          The concept here is to see the essentials of the Cursillo and understand what extras we do and why.  Special                           attention need to be given to freeing time for discussion and reflection.  Avoid getting bogged down in                               minutiae.  The final schedule of the Cursillo is set by the Rector(a).

 

April                  Cursillo Manual chapter 2—Dynamics of the Cursillo, the Team, and Method of Preparing the Rollo

 

May                   Cursillo Manual Chapter 4: Preliminary Rollo: Synthesis pp. 51-54

                          in these exercises we are looking at the synthesis.  The outline and sample Rollo is for actual preparation of                           the Rollo.

 

July                    Cursillo Manual Chapter  4: Ideal      

                          in these exercises we are looking at the synthesis.  The outline and sample Rollo is for actual preparation of                           the Rollo.  Of particular interest is how it draws from the previous rollo and how it sets up the next.  The flow                           of the “one talk divided into 15 segments.”

 

August               Cursillo Manual Chapter  4:  Habitual Grace

                          in these exercises we are looking at the synthesis.  The outline and sample Rollo is for actual preparation of                           the Rollo.  Of particular interest is how it draws from the previous rollo and how it sets up the next.  The flow                           of the “one talk divided into 15 segments.”

                          Although given by a religious, this Rollo is part of the flow of the weekend and needs to be understood by all.

 

September        Cursillo Manual Chapter  4:  The Layperson In the Church

                          in these exercises we are looking at the synthesis.  The outline and sample Rollo is for actual preparation of                           the Rollo.  Of particular interest is how it draws from the previous rollo and how it sets up the next.  The flow                           of the “one talk divided into 15 segments.”

 

October            Cursillo Manual Chapter  4:  Actual Grace

                          in these exercises we are looking at the synthesis.  The outline and sample Rollo is for actual preparation of                           the Rollo.  Of particular interest is how it draws from the previous rollo and how it sets up the next.  The flow                           of the “one talk divided into 15 segments.”

                          Although given by a religious, this Rollo is part of the flow of the weekend and needs to be understood by all.

 

November        in these exercises we are looking at the synthesis.  The outline and sample Rollo is for actual preparation of                           the Rollo.  Of particular interest is how it draws from the previous rollo and how it sets up the next.  The flow                           of the “one talk divided into 15 segments.”

 

December         Cursillo Manual Chapter  4:  Study

                          in these exercises we are looking at the synthesis.  The outline and sample Rollo is for actual preparation of                           the Rollo.  Of particular interest is how it draws from the previous rollo and how it sets up the next.  The flow                           of the “one talk divided into 15 segments.”

 

January             Cursillo Manual Chapter  4:  Sacraments

                          in these exercises we are looking at the synthesis.  The outline and sample Rollo is for actual preparation of                           the Rollo.  Of particular interest is how it draws from the previous rollo and how it sets up the next.  The flow                           of the “one talk divided into 15 segments.”

                          Although given by a religious, this Rollo is part of the flow of the weekend and needs to be understood by all.

 

 

 The Doctrinal Presentation – Regarding the doctrinal presentation the Leaders’ Manual states on page 61: “This is given by a priest, deacon or vowed religious.  The purpose of the Doctrinal Presentation is to keep the leaders of the Movement current, concerning matters of the Church.”  Spiritual directors should be free to select topics they feel are important to your area.  In the case of no religious available to do this presentation, there are many online sources of short presentations on current topics.  Here are a few: https://player.fm/series/daily-bread-catholic-reflections   (These are all 14 minutes long)

https://godinallthings.com/about/

http://www.americamagazine.org/media/podcasts/ethics-water 

 https://player.fm/series/umd-newman-catholic-campus-ministry,

https://player.fm/series/st-paul-center-for-biblical-theology

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