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.

    Following below is a photo gallery of past weekend group photos and other
    miscellaneous items.  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.

    Enjoy and De Colores!

                                         MEN'S WEEKEND PHOTOS



<Does anyone know which Weekends these two from the 1960s were?>
- Women's 1960s - 1                - Women's 1960s - 2

    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 (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.

    In August of 2016, the Joliet Cursillo was privileged to be the host Diocese for the
    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.
    History of the Joliet Cursillo
Joliet Cursillo ~ P.O. Box 4247 ~ Lisle, IL 60532
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whole world
and proclaim
the good news
to all creation"
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