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What does Cursillo offer?

Who is it for?

What is a Cursillo Weekend?

What is expected of me?

Is that really all?

Sound too good to be true?



Cursillo is a method of supporting and encouraging our lives as Christians.

Cursillo (pronounced "kur-see-yo") is a Spanish word meaning "short course".

Cursillo is a three day experience which includes elements of retreat and learning.

Our Cursillo weekends normally take place twice a year at the Pleshey House of Retreat.

Cursillo in Chelmsford began and operates with the blessing of our Bishop.

What does Cursillo offer?

An opportunity to grow in faith.

A chance to experience the love and grace of God and the joy of Christian fellowship.

A way of experiencing Christian community and helping one another on our spiritual journey and in active witness.

It embraces the insights and good teachings of all the traditions in the Anglican church.

It operates within the church and not outside it, so it works together with groups and organisations in a parish.

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Who is it for?

People just like you - laity and clergy - anyone who is:





wanting to be joyful and confident about their faith.

What is a Cursillo Weekend?

This is the first three days: It begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday afternoon.

During these three days, those attending live, work and worship together, listening to talks given by different people, both lay and ordained.

You will hear talks on subjects like Grace, Obstacles to Grace, Faith, Study, Sacraments, Evangelism, and the Christian Community in Action.

The talks lead to lively follow up in small groups.

Learning, praying, sharing, singing, laughing and living together is the basis for discovering what it means to say,

“We are the body of Christ.”

What is expected of me?

There is no specific response expected of you.

Just be open to what happens.

Simply take a fresh look at what the Church has always taught - Good News - the miraculous and joyous discovery of Christ’s endless love.

Is that really all?

Yes! There are no tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden mysteries only revealed to the initiated. If there are any surprises, that's only because the Christian life is full of surprises.

You aren't expected to know or do more, just reflect on being more!

And then…?

The three days are not an end in themselves but very much a beginning. Their purpose is to lead us into…

… The Fourth Day

The Fourth Day is where we continue our journey together, and is the most important part of Cursillo. We support and encourage one another as we seek to live and work to God’s praise and glory.

Sound too good to be true?

Then come and see for yourself!

Want to find out more?

If there is someone in your parish who has been on Cursillo then ask them. Otherwise, contact one of the people listed below.


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Chelmsford Diocesan House of Retreat
The Street,
Essex,   CM3 1HA

Phone : 01245 237251
Fax : 01245 237594

E-mail :

If you would like to go on Cursillo Please contact:

Mary Love,
The Bookings Secretary,
31 Great Lawn,
Essex CM5 0AA
Tel: 01277 363694

Please mark your envelope “CURSILLO”


The Diocese of Chelmsford

Cursillo Contacts

Brian Knight,
Diocesan Lay Director for Cursillo
19 Clickett Hill,
The Street,
Essex, SS14 1NP
Tel: 01268 471180


Rev Brigid Main,
Diocesan Spiritual Director for Cursillo
White Lyons Cottage ,
19 High Street ,
Essex, CM0 7QL
Tel: 01621 776438