The Pre-Cursillo is the first of three stages of the Cursillo movement. This stage relies primarily on evangelization to achieve its purpose – which is bringing candidates into the Cursillo.

As a worldwide movement, the Pre-Cursillo focuses on several areas:

  • Studying and selecting environments in need of evangelization. This is done both collectively as a movement, as well as individually.
  • Searching out, selecting, and preparing candidates to have maximum evangelical effectiveness.
  • Preparing for the Cursillo by preparing all the spiritual, personal, and material elements involved.
  • Making plans to accompany new Cursillistas into the Post-Cursillo to help them mature in their faith, deepen their Christian commitment, and take their apostolic place in the world.

Locally, the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Memphis has a vibrant Pre-Cursillo program that includes:

  • Parish Cursillo Representatives
  • Active Priests, Deacons, and Religious who are Cursillistas
  • Two by Two (2×2) Evangelization
  • Select group reunions that act as recruiting points for the Pre-Cursillo, as well as the Ultreya
  • Community Meetings before Clausura
  • Sponsor Education

For more information on making a Cursillo 3-Day weekend or to find a sponsor, please contact Tera Simmons, Pre-Cursillo Chairperson on the Secretariat for the Cursillo Movement in the Catholic Diocese of Memphis at (901) 240-0046 or e-mail

You may download an application on this website under the “Pre-Cursillo” tab under “Applications.” Completed applications may be scanned and sent via e-mail to

“You transform the world by becoming new men and women.
I am therefore delighted to join in your thanksgiving to the
Lord for all he has done and never ceases to do in the
Church through the Cursillos de Cristiandad.”
– Pope John Paul II

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