Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Cursillo Movement

As stated within documents from the National Cursillo Center, “The Diocesan Secretariat is composed of clergy and laity, men and women. The whole Secretariat is entrusted by the Bishop with the responsibility of promoting, developing and directing the Cursillo Movement in a diocese”.

Spiritual Advisor: Rev. Dennis Schenkel and Rev. Henrique Granados
The Spiritual Advisor oversees the spiritual needs of the Cursillo Movement as a member of the clergy and is appointed by the Bishop of Memphis and is the liaison between the movement and the diocese.

Lay Director: David Carney (2018-2020)
The Lay Director is the lay person who is the leader of the Cursillo in a diocese.  This person presides over all Secretariat meetings, gives a yearly report to the bishop, and insures the use of the guidelines of the National Cursillo Movement in the Precursillo, 3-Day Cursillo and Postcursillo.

Spanish Secretariat Chairperson: Mauricio Salcedo (2017-2019)
Responsible for the overall coordination of the Spanish Cursillo Movement, works with the Lay Director to ensure consistency within the Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Memphis.

Pre-Cursillo Director: Tera Simmons (2014-2016)
This chairperson works with the candidates, sponsors and Parish Reps before the Cursillo weekend to answer any questions about the application process and the weekend itself to insure that after the weekend, the candidate has a smooth transition to their 4th Day.
Mail completed forms to: Tera Simmons, Pre-Cursillo Chairperson, 208 Fleur De Lis Cove, Memphis, TN 38117 or scan and email to:

3 Day Director: Jeni McBride (2017-2019)
This chairperson sees to it that everything is in place for the weekend to happen. This includes selecting and forming the team (team members come from the School of Leaders) and insuring that the atmosphere during the weekend provides the candidates a chance to encounter Christ.
Contact Jeni if you can donate supplies, snacks, or drinks for the upcoming weekends.

Post Cursillo Directors: Vickie Stirek (2018-2020)
This person helps the Cursillistas in the diocese grow in their 4th Day through insuring that the Ultreyas are a lively reunion of all the Group Reunions and/or a place where people can find a Group Reunion to join.
Contact Vickie if you know someone who would be a good witness speaker at an Ultreya.

School of Leaders Director: Coy Jones (2018-2020)

This chairperson insures that the School of Leaders provides an ongoing opportunity for Cursillistas to grow spiritually, to learn about the Cursillo method and to help in the work of the Precursillo, 3-Day Cursillo, and Postcursillo.

Treasurer: Dan Strafuss (2016-2018)
This person handles the financial aspects of the Cursillo Movement by making sure that we have enough money for our Cursillo weekends along with paying our regional and national fees.

Secretary: Lisa Hord
This person keeps the minutes for all Secretariat meetings and sends out Cursillo related cards and correspondence as needed.

Jackson Deanery Liaison: “Vacant”.
Contact if you are interested.
This person represents the Jackson Deanery.  This position is currently vacant.



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