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Cursillo Year in Review

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Blessings and greetings from your Cursillo Secretariat!

This has been another wonderful, spirit-filled year, with three successful Cursillo weekends and many new cursillistas.

The men’s weekend, Cursillo 159, held April 9-12, was led by Joe Jerauld.  The women’s weekend, Cursillo 160, was led by Susan Summerlin.  The co-ed weekend, Cursillo 161, was led by Ronda Toll. The candidates (pilgrims), and team members, had many “God” moments, and were spiritually uplifted throughout the weekend, especially at the closing, when the “babe chicks” got to meet their new extended family.

We also had two wonderful 4th Day Reunions this year, one at Chanco in the Spring, and one at Hickory Neck, Toano in October. Both were an enthusiastic reminder of how much our community brings to life! We had music, food (of course!), wonderful witness talks and Eucharist together.

This past summer, led by Bruce Comfort, a group of volunteers completed much needed renovations to the Cursillo shed, behind Flournoy Hall at Chanco.  The Cursillo community was very generous with donations of time and resources to make the renovation a success.  We raised over $5,000.00 which covered the majority of the $6,300.00 in costs.

Cursillo is a lay ministry and is completely self-funded.  The cost of putting on a weekend is approximately $12,500.00.  The team and candidates pay approximately $10,500.00 (candidates $250.00, and team $275.00), leaving a $2,000.00 deficit most weekends.  Add to that our incidental expenses, music licensing, PO Box rental, web hosting, stamps, mailings, etc. and you can see that without your important financial support this vibrant and vital ministry will cease to exist.  If we were to raise our prices, many would be priced out of participation, so we rely on you, our brothers and sisters in Christ, to help cover the shortfall.  Your donation, however large or small, will help us in our goal of sharing Cursillo and the love of Christ with all Episcopalians.

Contributions can be made by check, and now by credit card on our website:  Our mailing address is below.  Grab your wallet and prayerfully give to what we all know is a life changing cause…..please.


De Colores



As we know, Cursillo IS the 4th Day! We have ultreyas in November coming up at St. George's, Newport News. .Check out Cursillo's Calendar: for more details. If you have an event you'd like to see on the calendar, email!

2016 Weekends

It's never too early to think about Pilgrims for our 2017 weekends!

Men's Weekend:
February 16-19, 2017
Rec tor: Gerry Lopez

Women's Weekend:
April 27-30, 2017
Rector: Deb Hazzard

Co-Ed Weekend
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017
Rector: Jim Thurmond

Please pray for all our pilgrims, the teams, and our weekends.

Rev. Dr. Susan Grimm+

Susan Grimm+ is our new Spiritual Director on the Secretariat, sharing responsibility with Ed Pickup+. Originally a Richmond native, Susan answered a call to the priesthood after 20 years in the world of corporate law.. Susan has serverd the folks at St. Timothy's in Clarksville for over 10 years, and four years ago was called to Trinity in South Boston. Once a month she serves St. Andrew's in Baskerville.

Susan made her Cursillo #14 in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. A proud great-aunt of 2 and aunt of more, and lives with four cats aged 6 months (a visually impared kitty) to 17 years. We are excited and blessed to have her on our Secretariat.

The above photo is from the most current weekend, #161, with fellow spiritual directors John Eidam+, Linda Ricker+, and Dave Davenport+. 

Articles Welcome

Do you have an article or something exciting to share with the Cursillo Community! Submissions for "The Rooster Crows are always welcome! Send your submissions to for inclusion in our next issue.
Cursillo Quilt!

On the first evening of a Cursillo Weekend, the Pilgrims (or Candidates) are introduced to a very important point about Cursillo. The point is this: Cursillo is not an event, but rather a method, or system, of living. We tell the Pilgrims that they will need to have faith in us as we present this system. We ask them to have patience and understanding, and to even suspend their judgement, until we unfold each individual element of Cursillo that makes up the entirety of the experience.

It has been said that Cursillo is much like a series of individual boxes containing bits and parts and pieces of a glorious whole. Each box must be opened and is important to the completed system.  To illustrate this point, Rectors have used various stories over the years to help the Pilgrims keep an open mind and to stay engaged in the process until Sunday.

For Cursillo #161, the opening of the Cursillo boxes was illustrated in a very special and significant way. A quilt was created by members of the Cursillo Community as a visual representation of the glorious unfolding that is the Cursillo experience. Quilt blocks with colorful butterflies were crafted so that they could be “opened” to reveal an element of the Cursillo experience. Each talk was represented, as were other significant events including the Stations of the Cross, the Agape, and Apostolic Holy Hour.

Construction of the quilt began in April 2016. Members of the Community were invited to sew a butterfly square and contribute to the finished product. As the Weekend neared, two “quilting bees” took place on the Peninsula, which proved to be great fun for all involved. As the quilt was stitched together, the Pilgrims, the Team, and the Community were lifted in prayer. The quilt was a labor of love and has been given as a gift to the Cursillo Community for future use.

As the Rector of Cursillo #161, I must say that the finished quilt is far more amazing and spectacular than anything I had visualized in my mind when I first conceived of the idea!! My heart-felt thanks go out to the quilters who made this concept come so beautifully to life: Gwen Bunyard, Phyllis Knudsen, Della Anspach, Stephanie Long, Candy Byrd, Edna Jackson, Lina Kennedy, and Rev. Susan Grimm.

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