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Fort Worth Cursillo #1
by the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl

On the weekend of September 6-9, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth celebrated its first Cursillo since our reorganization with 18 candidates and 14 staff. Cursillo is a Spanish word which means "short course." Over the space of an evening and three days, staff present 15 talks and a series of meditations which assist candidates to understand more fully what our life in Christ entails and how our life in Christ is only effective as we become more active—apostolic—in our daily life.

Cursillo #1 has been about 2 years in development. In 2011, Tony Hiatt began searching in earnest for a venue to put on our weekend event. Glen Lakes Methodist Camp and Conference Center in Glen Rose offered their facilities; they were familiar with the pattern, frequently hosting "Walk to Emmaus" weekends for the United Methodist Church. The director and staff ensured that our time together was delightful for us, with almost no glitches from a facility perspective.

We were supported by cursillistas from Fort Worth and from around the country, and from as far away as New Zealand, and even including some who have made Kairos weekends in prisons. The prayers of innumerable people buoyed us and carried us through the talks, the discussions, the skits, the singing, and even sleep.

Fort Worth Cursillo is off and running. Look for plans for Cursillo #2 in the future. If you have not made a Cursillo weekend, pray about joining us for the next weekend. Listen for gatherings called Ultreya at your parish or around the diocese. Join a small group—a Reunion Group—and learn more about how you, too, can strengthen your life in Christ through study, piety, and action. This is a community who loves to spread the Good News of God in Christ; will you join us?

Click here to view photos taken at Cursillo #1