The first Cursillo in the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Illinois was held August 15,
1963 at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale, IL. That first Cursillo was put on by
Cursillistas from the Chicago Diocese Cursillo Movement. Fr. Joseph Shimanek
attended the first one and became Spiritual Director for over forty years.
Today there are thousands of Cursillistas in the Joliet Diocese. The Joliet
Diocese Cursillo Movement is now spiritually directed by Father Mark
Jendrysik, pastor of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville, Illinois.
invitation from a Cursillista who will serve as your sponsor. Applications,
which can be downloaded from the Joliet Diocese Cursillo Movement website at
www.jolietcursillo.org, must be filled out by the candidate, sponsor and
candidate’s pastor and then mailed to the Joliet Diocese Cursillo Movement’s
Once the candidate’s application is processed, the candidate will attend a three-
day (72-hour) weekend usually held at a Pastoral Center. The Cursillo begins
on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday evening. Transportation to and from
the Pastoral Center will be arranged by the candidate’s sponsor. Meals are
included as part of the room and board fee and snacks and beverages will be
readily available all weekend.
The Cursillo is an opportunity to form and live in community with other
Catholics and clergy members. It is immersed in Catholic Doctrine and the
Sacraments. The weekend begins with meditation and silence. Daily mass will
be celebrated. There will be morning and night prayer, rosary, and Adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament. Candidates may receive the Sacrament of
Reconciliation as well as spiritual direction. They will listen to 15 Apostolic
talks, ten given by laity and five given by clergy, and will take part in small
discussion groups following each talk.
• Small weekly discussion groups called “Group Reunions”
• Monthly Ultreyas (Group Reunions from Parishes within neighboring
communities attend Mass and share fellowship.)
• Yearly Ultreya Grandes (Group Reunions across the Joliet Diocese attend
Mass and share fellowship.)
Cursillistas are encouraged to attend a monthly Leaders’ School to study the
Cursillo purpose and method as well as Catholic Doctrine.
Link to the full Joliet Diocese Brochure
Link to the National Cursillo Home Page
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