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Welcome to the San Jose English-speaking Cursillo Movement (Catholic Diocese) website!

Make a Friend, Be a Friend, Bring a Friend to Christ

Cursillo is a designated "Lay Movement" of the Catholic Church that normally begins with a person attending a three-day weekend retreat. The proper name is Cursillo de Cristiandad (short course of Christianity). After the weekend, the Cursillista (someone who has made a Cursillo Weekend), has the opportunity to continue their Cursillo journey (if they want to) via many different venues such as renewal retreats, social and spiritual gatherings, small prayer groups, socials (dances, golf tournaments, etc), working on retreat weekends, etc. The emphasis of the Cursillo Movement is to have people experience God's love via a beautiful weekend and then develop a closer personal relationship with Him while personally trying to make a positive difference in themselves and the world: their work environment, friends, parish, family.

The Cursillo Movement began in 1947 and, today, there are over five million Cursillistas worldwide in sixty different countries. Within the San Jose Diocese there are approximately four thousand Catholic Cursillistas. They are broken into five distinct and active Cursillo Movements: English, Filipino, Hispanic, Vietnamese and Korean. Each organization is responsible for its own weekends and social/spiritual activities and each has its own active Community. The following represents the respective Movements and the Lay Director responsible for each organization:

English: Chris Basanese cgbasanese@gmail.com
Filipino: Vince Songcay


Hispanic: Daniel Ramirez 408-375-7221

Hieu V. Tran

Korean John Choi jkcyohan@gmail.com

The Catholic Cursillo Movement is active within most of the Dioceses of California and the United States. In the event you are looking for a Protestant based Cursillo Movement, a Catholic Movement or a different Cursillo Culture in some other Diocese, please feel free to contact Chris Basanese for possible answers to your questions. You are also encouraged to connect with the National Cursillo website and the San Jose Catholic Diocese website.

Are you interested in attending a Cursillo Weekend?

We specifically encourage people who are thinking about attending a Cursillo Weekend to fill an application, this page has details for filling an application online or to mail in an application.

You are also encouraged to look at the section titled "Why Cursillo." This section will give you detailed information on what the Weekend is all about. The other sections of this website cover our Movement's activities, newsletter, announcements, administrative functions, applications for attending or working a Weekend, education, special prayers, National Cursillo and San Jose Diocese connections, etc.

In the event you have any questions you may send them via the "Contact Cursillo" section of this website. Your questions will be answered as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your review of this website. We encourage your questions and involvement in this wonderful Movement of the Church and God's work.

God Bless and De Colores,
Chris Basanese
(Lay Director for the San Jose English Cursillo Movement)

Last Updated: 07/03/16.

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