The Diocese of Nashville Cursillo Movement is intended to help all Catholics develop a thorough understanding of what it means to fully live a Christian life in all their everyday situations. It provides a method to transform all aspects of society through prayer and the development of small Christian communities.
To explain Cursillo to someone who has never experienced Cursillo is at best, difficult. Often, for those who have experienced Cursillo it is still somewhat mystifying. The reason behind the mystery is God. No one can fully explain how God touches each person in His special/unique way throughout the various elements of the Cursillo Movement.
The Cursillo Movement is a movement of the Catholic Church. The name Cursillo is Spanish, meaning short course, and is often associated with a 3-Day weekend – which is only one aspect of the Cursillo Movement. The proper name is Cursillo de Cristiandad (short course of Christianity). There is much more to the Cursillo Movement than just a 3-Day weekend.
Everyone that makes the retreat is sponsored by someone who has previously attended. Your sponsor has responsibilities before, during, and after your retreat.
Before the weekend. They help you get an application in, answer any questions you have, and help you prepare (what to expect, explains what the schedule looks like, what to pack, etc).
During the weekend. the sponsor begins by picking you up and driving you to the campsite to get you checked in and set up. As the retreat starts, there is a holy hour your sponsor will attend to pray for you and everyone making the retreat. The sponsor will then make sure to be in contact with your family to make sure to help out if anything is needed while you are away. They will continue to pray for you throughout the weekend.
After the weekend. Your sponsor will be at the campsite as the retreat finishes and will help you load up and head back home. Once you are back home, your sponsor will maintain contact to support you.