Lists of all Weekends (Men's and Women's) held by the Joliet Cursillo since 1963
are available below. We are missing information on some of the Men's Weekends
and some of the binders for the Women's Weekends. If you have any of this
material, we would be very grateful for a copy.
miscellaneous item. If you have a weekend group photo you can share,please scan
and email it or mail to the PO Box and we will scan and return it to you. (Promise!)
Enjoy and De Colores!
- Men's 78th - Men's 79th - Men's 81st - Men's 83rd
- Men's 84th - Men's 85th - Men's 96th - Men's 99th
- Men's 107th - Men's 117th - Men's 118th - Men's 120th
- Men's 127th - Men's 128th - Men's 129th - Men's 130th
- Men's 131st - Men's 132nd - Men's 133rd - Men's 134th
<Does anyone know which Weekends these two from the 1960s were?>
- Women's 53rd - Women's 59th - Women's 61st - Women's 65th
- Women's 68th - Women's 70th - Women's 74th - Women's 78th
- Women's 76th - Women's 79th - Women's 81st - Women's 82nd
- Women's 83rd - Women's 84th - Women's 88th - Women's 90th
- Women's 91st - Women's 93rd - Women's 94th - Women's 95th
- Women's 110th - Women's 119th - Women's 120th - Women's 121st
- Women's 122nd - Women's 123rd - Women's 124th - Women's 125th
- Women's 126th
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 (which means a "short course of Christianity").
Cursillos first appeared in Spain in 1944. A layman named Eduardo Bonnín
participated in the early years of the "short courses" in Majorca and helped develop
the Cursillos to the point that it became an active renewal movement in the Church.
In 1957, the movement had spread to North America, when the first American
Cursillo was held in Waco, Texas
The first Men’s Cursillo weekend was held in the Joliet Diocese at St. Isaac Jogue’s
parish in Hinsdale in August 1963. The first Women’s weekend occurred the
following July at the St. Dennis Rectory in Lockport.
Father Joseph Shimanek participated in those first weekends and ultimately
became Spiritual Director of the movement in 1966, a capacity in which he served
for thirty-four years. Father Shimanek was a tireless supporter of the movement
until his passing in 2005. (See Newsletter Article here.) He was succeeded as
Spiritual Director by Father Mark Jendrysik in 2004 and in turn in February 2013
by Father Matt Pratscher, currently Pastor of St. John the Baptist in Winfield.
The movement lost a friend in April 2013 when Father Francis McDonald passed
away. He touched many lives on the many Weekends he worked.
The Joliet Cursillo has brought over 6300 men and women closer to the Lord
through over 240 Cursillo weekends. Over ninety of these weekends were held at
the St. Charles Borromeo Center in Romeoville, IL. Many other weekends have
been held at The Portiuncula Center for Prayer in Frankfort, IL. Currently
Weekends are held at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien.
National Encounter at Lewis University in Romeoville.
The Joliet Cursillo looks forward to a bright present and future, sponsoring
Ultreya’s reunions each month, a Leader’s School, an annual Ultreya Grande and
several weekends for men and women, in both Spanish and English, each year.
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