DIOCESE OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA CURSILLO MOVEMENT
This document is to state
the plan of the Cursillo Movement, to give direction
and to establish positions of responsibility. It is written as a covenant with the Bishop, Leo Frade,
and the Movement.
THE PURPOSE of the movement is "structuring Christian life." It is working to have
authentic Christianity lived in each missionary outpost and environment of
society, working to bring other men and women to know and love Christ and to Christianize the environment of society as a whole.
MISSION STATEMENT of the MOVEMENT in this
“The Episcopal Cursillo of Southeast Florida
holds weekends that support the Diocese in realizing its Mission by raising up
leaders for the Parishes, missions, diocese and the wider church”.
GOAL: To be committed to the mission of this Diocese
to transform lives in the world for and through Christ.
1. COMMITMENT of persons to be "Counted on by Christ"
and to the mission imperatives of the
Diocese of Southeast Florida to strive together to:
- · Achieve ethnic, racial, and gender equity.
- · Become stronger in faith and spirituality.
- · Grow in numbers.
- · Enhance our commitment to
service and social concerns throughout
- · Increase the knowledge and practice of Christian
2. STRATEGIC PLAN: Accomplish this goal and commitment by offering leaders in the church a method of transformation of
themselves and their environments to conform to the teachings of Jesus Christ with persons to be available in the Diocese who are committed
to working and supporting others, willing to help on projects of .the
church, and as a work force, in the service of our Lord.
AUTHORITY: The movement functions under the direction of the Diocesan
Bishop, and was established as a Commission of the Diocese in 1991. The Movement began in the Diocese in
1974. It became a part of the National
Episcopal Cursillo Movement when it was formed in 1979.
A .THE SECRETARIAT is the empowering and policy-making body
consisting of Clergy and Laypersons appointed by the Bishop serving staggered terms for one year
at a time, and may be reappointed.
B. THE DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR AND LAY DIRECTOR are appointed on a yearly basis by the Bishop to lead
C. THE SERVANT COMMUNITY consists of persons who have participated
in a Cursillo weekend, are active in their parish, have a commitment to a "Rule of Christian Life” and
group reunion. They study the movement
and participate by serving on committees, teams, 4th Day activities or
D.COMMITTEES: the Lay Director appoints Chairpersons. There may be various committees as needed, i.e.: Pre-Cursillo, 3 Day
Weekend, 4th Day, Communications and Finance with Servant Community
filling out the committee or sub-committee chair positions.
5. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PASTORAL PLAN
In order to do its part
toward accomplishing the objectives of the Diocese and the Cursillo Movement, the Secretariat, working with the Bishop and helped by the Servant Community, will:
A. Keep the Bishop current on dates
and Cursillo activities seeking his Counsel and direction.
B. Maintain a close relationship
with the Bishop's staff, deans, clergy and all
elements of the Diocese.
C. Endeavor to bring up leadership within the
Diocese and the Cursillo Movement through the
Cursillo Movement and Servant Community in order to carry out the mission of the church.
D. Review at least annually:
"The Pastoral Plan"; "Guidelines and Job Descriptions"; the
yearly "Calendar" for inclusion in the Diocesan Calendar; and any other such
materials that require being updated to be effective. They shall be presented to the
Bishop and then the community after his approval.
E. Study annually the
geographical and social environments of all sorts and conditions of
people we strive to influence. With the Bishop's guidance,
particular environments should be targeted and prayed about to change.
F. Work to integrate the many
cultures of the Diocese into the Servant Community with Ultreyas and
4th Day Activities available in the appropriate language.
G. Endeavor to establish strong
4th Day, Pre-Cursillo and other committees to create a commitment on the part of the
community by education, events and publications.
H. Plan, prepare and conduct as many three-day
weekends as deemed feasible. Offer proper instruction for
"Sponsor" responsibilities and follow-up of candidates after their weekends by their sponsors.
I. The Secretariat shall hold meetings throughout the Diocese on a
scheduled basis, to enable Clergy, Parish Reps and other
interested persons in the various areas an
opportunity to attend and to know the
Secretariat and Committee chairpersons.
J. Direct the Sector Representative to plan for and
hold at least quarterly meeting of their Parish Representatives and Servant
Community so that the area Secretariat Directors and Spiritual Directors who
are attending have the opportunity to identify potential leaders for committee
K. As a means of communication: publish a newsletter;
keep a website current; publish a current list of contact persons and use the List Serve to send information to the Servant
Community. Endeavor through the Parish Representativeorganization to keep the parishes informed. Have the “Volunteer to Serve" form published and available for
persons wishing to offer themselves for service.
L. Schedule 4th Day activities to promote, encourage
and enable every member of the movement to become a part of Group reunion, Ultreyas, Forums,
Leaders Workshops and Gatherings, to nurture their commitment to their personal
piety, study and apostolic action and to "Be Counted On"
by our Lord to serve Him and to empower each and every member to
M. Outreach: Continue to have communication and give
guidance to the Diocese to which Southeast Florida has exported Cursillo. Continue to develop programs or projects
beyond the norm: i.e.: establishing a process for having Cursillos in this
diocese such as in Spanish for people to experience them in their native
N. National Movement: Send a delegate to the NEC yearly conference
and support the ministry financially. Hold ECLW’s every 3rd year and encourage and support the
other diocese in their endeavor.
O. Strive within all activities
and meetings to devote time and opportunity to be fed spiritually. To always
invite the Presence of the Holy Spirit to be a part of and direct all endeavors of the