St. Francis English Cursillo

The Cursillo Movement - An Encounter with Christ


The Cursillo Movement is a global movement of the Church which by means of its own method makes it possible for people to live what is fundamental for being a Christian, and to live it together. We aim to help people discover and fulfill their personal vocations. It promotes the creation of core groups of Christians who leaven their environments with the Gospel.

The purpose of the Cursillo Movement is to make Christian Communities possible in neighborhoods, parishes, work places, and all other places where people live. Since it is a movement of the Church, the Cursillo Movement has the same purpose as the Church. We provide the means to evangelize by focusing to assist the baptized to identify and complete their mission on earth. Cursillo movement is to prepare men and women to go forth as apostles and proclaim the Gospel. 

The Beginning of an Encounter with Christ

It begins with a three day experience of living Christianity. (Cursillo means in Spanish, "Little Courses"). In Christian community with daily mass, communion, and visits to the Blessed Sacrament. It starts of Thursday evening and ends Sunday. During those three days, those attending, live and work together listening to talks given by both priests and lay persons, in addition to participating in small group discussions.

Our Upcoming Cursillo Dates

2013 Men's Cursillo - Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 through Sunday, May 25th, 2014.

2013 Women's Cursillo - Thursday, May 29th, 2014 through Sunday June 1st, 2014.

The Fourth Day will take place June 8th

at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Hall
601 E. California Ave, Bakersfield, CA

The Encounter Continues

It continues with a method to work together to bring other men and women to know and love Christ. With an invitation to form a small Christian support group which is joined to a larger Christ-centered community in the Diocese of Fresno and around the world. The community spirit of the weekend if continued through reunions of small groups of Christians and through the gatherings of these groups into a larger community.

When We Meet

English Cursillo meets every Monday in the Betenbaugh Room in the Parish Hall and the very last Monday of each month is Ultreya Formation. All meetings are from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm.

Contact Us

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Contact Us:

Address: 900 H. Street Bakersfield, CA 93304
Phone: 661-327-4734  |  Fax: 661-377-0363
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