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Blue Ridge Cursillo

Brenda Holtzlander (OLPH); Lay Director, Blue Ridge Cursillo;
540-389-0128 email

Rita Harris (OLN); 540-774-0666 email
Bob Landry (OLN); 540-772-0629 email
Shirlee Schiavoni (St. Andrew); 540-265-0191 email
Prayer Requests: Frances Tracy; email


The Cursillo is an encounter with Christ and promotes a spiritual revitalization of our world. The transference of Christ's values to others in our church, family, school, workplace, etc. is the Christianization that Cursillo promotes in our daily environment. Cursillo develops in adult Christians a consciousness of their power and mission to become leaders in the work of Christian renewal, while sustaining them through Christian community.

The full name for Cursillo is "Cursillo de Christiandad". Cursillo, started in Majorca, Spain in the 1940's, and is a movement of the laity within the Catholic Church. The word "cursillo" means "little lesson". The full name of the Movement, Cursillo de Christiandad, translates into English as "little lesson in Christian living". The founders were dedicated in helping Catholics to know Christ better. Their intention, then and now, was to give the laity a renewed spirituality and a clearer understanding of how Christ can work through them.

The Movement came to the United States in 1957 with a Cursillo weekend held in Waco, Texas, and was conducted entirely in Spanish. The Cursillo Movement and its Method have been endorsed by the Catholic Church.

The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are an integral part of the Catholic Cursillo.

Click to download a short introduction to Cursillo (PDF) that you can share with your friends. Or print a double-sided informational flyer (PDF) to share.


Are you interested in moving "onward" with your Christian journey? If you have attended a men's or women's Cursillo weekend or know someone who might be interested in knowing more about Cursillo, please join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church. For more information, please call Kevin or Faye Conn (540-389-1839) or Brenda Holtzlander (540-389-0128)

Upcoming Men's Weekend

Cursillo is an "Encounter with Christ". If you desire to grow deeper in your faith and become a stronger part of a supportive Christian community, then consider spending a weekend with a group of men willing to share their faith and give you helpful tools to keep your faith alive and growing. Blue Ridge Cursillo will hold a men's Cursillo Weekend, April 27-30, 2017, at Camp Alta Mons in Shawsville, VA. The weekend costs $195 dollars for 3 nights and 4 days; meals are included. Weekends start on Thursday evening, 7-7:30 PM and run through Sunday afternoon, 6 PM. A priest will be present for the weekend. Applications are now being accepted. Open your heart and follow the call. Click to download application forms for the men's weekend (PDF). For more information, please contact Bob Landry (540-772-0629) or Brenda Holtzlander (540-389-0128) For more information, please contact Bob Landry (540-772-0629) or Brenda Holtzlander (540-389-0128)


Cursillo donations can be made payable to:

Blue Ridge Cursillo
c/o Vicky Rowland
654 Augusta Ave.
Vinton, VA 24179

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