Cursillo seeks to foster, develop, and sustain Christian leaders and to encourage apostleship. The movement began in the Roman Catholic Church, in Spain during the late 1950s, with the intention of building faith and renewing the Church. It tries to provide participants with tools to live the Christian life more fully, with a resulting impact on the world. The Ottawa Anglican Cursillo Movement (OACM) began in 1981 with significant help from the existing Roman Catholic movement. Since then, more than 110 weekend retreats have been held, attended by more than 2,500 men and women from across the Diocese. The OACM functions as a part of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, and operates under the direct authority of the Bishop of Ottawa.

Cursillo Retreats

Cursillo is a Spanish word that means “short course” and is pronounced “kur-SEE-yo.” Participation begins with a three-day, live-in weekend that includes a series of talks, discussions, worship, and fellowship. Thereafter, the movement encourages ongoing spiritual development through gathering with the wider community, meeting in small groups, and engaging in spiritual direction.


Ultreya is a Spanish word that means “keep going.”An Ultreya is a gathering of people who have attended a Cursillo retreat, though itis not exclusively for those who have attended Cursillo – All are welcome to attend.

For more information contact:
Wendy Fitzpatrick
Cursillo Assistant Lay Director