3 Day Movements

The Cursillo Movement is focused to help each of us fulfill our baptismal responsibility: to go forth, as apostles, and proclaim the Gospel. We can no longer afford to sit passively by and "hope" that the world comes to know Christ. We must make a conscientious effort to "tell" the world about Christ. The Cursillo Movement provides us with the necessary tools for fulfilling our baptismal responsibility along with the training for using those tools.

Catholic Cursillo

Catholic Cursillo - Canada

Episcopal Cursillo Ministry
The Episcopal Cursillo seeks to bring together a diverse group of Episcopalians to share the richness of many modes of worship and broaden our appreciation for our Church. Lay people conduct the weekend with two or three clergy members as spiritual advisors. Cursillo presumes that those who attend are already well grounded in the faith. It isnít intended to be a conversion experience, but an enriching and deepening of what is already there. It often provides new insights into our faith as well as fostering ministry among lay people.

Presbyterian Cursillo

Non-Denominational Weekends
These movements generally follow the Cursillo model with some differences. The number of days or the talk structures are some of the differences that might be encountered.

Cum Christo
Cum Christo, Latin for "with Christ" is an e-movement, an ecumenical movement, based on the worldwide "Cursillo de Christiandad." Starting in Columbus Ohio in 1964, in order to do the work of Cursillo (i.e., Christianize environments) the Bishop and Secretariat saw that -- give the low percentage of Catholics in our region -- an outreach to the mainstream Protestant denominations was necessary; an adaptation that the founders of Cursillo allowed by giving the local bishop authority over the Cursillo.

Great Banquet
The Great Banquet is an orderly, structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christians. Through a combined effort of laity and clergy, the Great Banquet focuses on the renewal of the church. The image of the Great Banquet comes from Luke 14:15-24. Jesus tells of a master who prepared a great banquet and invited many guests, saying "Come, for everything is now ready." Many had excuses and did not attend. Finally, many were brought who were poor, crippled, blind and lame. The result of the master's invitation was to feast and fellowship at a banquet given by God.

Journey to Damascus
The Journey to Damascus is an ecumenical movement under the direction of the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi whose aim is to promote a renewal or rekindling of life's core religious values. This is accomplished by conducting weekend retreats in Corpus Christi which will lead to an individual's becoming more involved in their Church Community including joining groups of Christians who gather regularly to talk about their faith.

Tres Dias
Tres Dias is an ecumenical Christian renewal movement. It encourages people to be in small groups to support each other in their lives as Christians. Tres Dias is similar to the Cursillo movements.

Unidos en Cristo
Unidos en Cristo is a Christian Community whose purpose is to help persons develop a living faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Unidos en Cristo community affirms that the living faith in Jesus Christ acknowledges the Bible as the authoritative Word of God, along with the principles of the Christian faith as expressed in the Apostles Creed. By being an active member in this movement we affirm our own personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Via de Cristo
VIA de CRISTO is a Spanish phrase meaning 'Way of Christ.' VIA de CRISTO is a highly structured three day weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and bring them to a new awareness of living in God's grace. It is a combined effort of lay people and clergy toward renewal of the church.

Walk to Emmaus (The Upper Room)
The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The "Emmaus community", made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving.

Adult Prison Weekends

The purpose of Charis of Minnesota is to present Godís reconciling love in Jesus Christ to inmates in correctional institutions.

Through a systematic, structured, Christ-centered program, the residents of correctional institutions are given the opportunity to experience spiritual renewal and to accept Godís call to live a life of Christian witness and service to one another during their stay in the institution and beyond.

Kairos Outside
Kairos Outside is a non-profit ministry designed to support the wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, etc of men and women who are incarcerated. This is done by providing a safe environment for a short time with Christian people, and the opportunity to interact with women in similar situations. After the weekend, the women are encouraged to meet regularly in prayer and share groups, and to attend quarterly or semi-annual reunions. We believe that women are ďdoing timeĒ right along with their loved ones, and we want to let them know that there is a Christian community who cares about them and their needs.

Kairos Prison Ministry
The purpose of Kairos is the building of strong Christian communities within the environment of correctional institutions. That is done through the impact of small, share and prayer groups of residents in the institutions. These groups meet weekly to share their lives on a very deep spiritual level and to pray for one and other and for the residents and the staff.

Kairos Prison Ministry - UK

Kairos Prison Ministry Australia

Keryx Prison Ministry
The purpose of Keryx Prison Ministry is the Christianization of the correctional institution through the actions of small apostolic prayer support groups of prison residents, trained and encouraged by Keryx volunteers, working within their environment.

Youth Weekends

The Awakening is the youth version of the Great Banquet, designed for older youth who are seeking an awareness of each one's need to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and then begin to make Him Lord in all areas of life.

The image of the Awakening comes from I Samuel 3:1-10. One night as Samuel was lying down in the temple, the Lord calls, "Samuel! Samuel!" Samuel did not yet know the Lord so he did not recognize who was calling him. After the Lord calls Samuel three times, Samuel is instructed by Eli to respond with, "Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears."

Chrysalis is the name chosen for the Youth Walk to Emmaus because it symbolizes faith growth in the lives of high school and college aged young adults - the spiritual growth that is necessary between adolescence and adulthood. It is a crucial time of maturing faith for discipleship.

Happening is a program designed for high school youth. It is one of the instruments to renew the church in the power of the Holy Spirit, that the church my respond more readily to its call to spread the Kingdom of God through out the world.

During a two day gathering, participants experience the love of our Lord Jesus Christ as shown through the sacraments and the ministry of fellow students, clergy, and lay adults. Teens are encouraged to take a renewed faith back into their worlds to "make a friend, be a friend, and bring a friend to Christ."

Vida Nueva
Vida Nueva is an ecumenical, evangelical Christian retreat weekend and movement. It encourages teenagers to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and to live as Christians.

Vocare is an instrument of renewal in the Church for young adults aged 19 - 30. Its aim is to concentrate closely on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. Our faith is seriously examined in a relaxed, fun and informal, loving atmosphere. Vocare is an experience that gives those who attend the desire to understand and serve the Church. What's more, it provides a means to continue the Christian formation which is just begun in the three-day program.

Youth Prison Weekends

Epiphany Ministry
Epiphany Ministry has at present 10 states affiliated in a ministry for incarcerated juveniles. It is an ecumenical Christian ministry for young men and women who are in the custody of either the Department of Youth Services or Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. The weekend models on which it is based are Kairos Prison Ministry, Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, Happening and Cross. The purpose of Epiphany Ministry is to manifest God's love to the incarcerated youths known as "Stars" through a three-day short course in Christianity and an ongoing follow-up program. Each Epiphany weekend involves a team of adults and youth from the Christian community who work together to show the love of God to the Stars attending.

Kairos Torch
Kairos Torch is an introductory two-day program for youth ages 25 and under who live in juvenile detention or correctional facilities. The weekend is a combined effort of an ecumenical, Kairos Torch Team to introduce young men and women to Christian concepts as a means of making better choices for their lives.

Kairos Torch offers unconditional love and acceptance, encouraging young men and women to share their life journey through participation in a long term mentoring process. The program begins with a weekend retreat inside the prison. Torch team members commit to a weekly mentoring process with the youthful offenders for six months after the weekend.