Philadelphia Cursillo

Information on the Philadelphia Cursillo School of Leaders:What is the School of Leaders: Every Cursillista is called to become a leader in their environment in the way that God is calling them to be. The School of Leaders helps us to grow so that we can have the confidence and the tools to answer that call to leadership in our environments.


SOL - School of Leaders

Get closer.....Get closer.....Get Jesus.  Practice the TRIPOD: Piety, Study, Action!  JOIN SOL!   Know what Cursillo is and Why!

You WANT to be at the SOL!

Food for the body, food for the mind, food for the spirit.​

Philly Cursillo’s Spring, 2018 School of Leaders Announcement

WHO? DE COLORES! Philly Cursillo and you.

WHAT? School of Leaders.

WHERE? Saint Vincent Seminary, Philadelphia, PA (see below).

WHEN? Every other Saturday morning during February, March, and April (see below).

WHY? Learn more about Apostolic Action based on Friendship: Cursillos in Christianity.

HOW? RSVP and attend. ULTREYA!


The Place:

We are meeting in the Terrace Level Meeting Room of the St. Catherine Building, St.
Vincent Seminary, 500 East Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The St. Catherine
Building is adjacent to Miraculous Medal Shrine, at the same address. The Shrine is
approximately 15 minutes from the PA Turnpike Interchange with US Route 309 (Fort
Washington Exit # 339). The Shrine has an accessible, free, and secure parking lot, which is
located directly behind the Shrine, and adjacent to the St. Catherine Building. The entrance to
the parking lot is from Magnolia Street. Specific driving directions appear on the Shrine’s
webpage: If you have any
questions or need help, call or email us. “Come and see . . . .”


We are meeting every other Saturday morning beginning Saturday, February 10th, until
April 7th, as follows: February 10th and 24th; March 10th and 24th; and April 7th. “If today you
hear His voice . . . . “


We will meet and greet from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., followed by the morning’s activities
until 11:30 a.m. We will then attend Mass at the Shrine at noontime. “It is right to give Him
thanks and praise.”


You are asked to RSVP. Please call (215-752-2083) or email Joe Seeber @ if you plan to attend, so that we can expect you. A “head count”
for the hospitality committee is helpful too. Thank you !


We are members of Philadelphia Archdiocese parishes who have attended a cursillo weekend and are fulfilling a promise to be in a lifelong commitment of piety, study and action in our Catholic faith. Fr. Jack Kane is the assistant advisor for our School Of Leaders program. 

The word "Cursillo" means "Short Course." The longer version of Cursillo is "Cursillo de Christianidad," or "Short Course in Christianity." This movement came to Philadelphia 50 years ago, but originated in Spain long before, and has become a worldwide movement. Cursillistas are a group of people who are striving to support each other in living out their Christian faith in their everyday lives. The goal of Cursillo is to assist people of faith to "bloom where they are planted," and become more fully the unique person God created them to be. 

To become a Cursillista, you must attend a Cursillo weekend. A Cursillo weekend begins on a Thursday evening and ending on Sunday. A team of 10-15 lay people and two spiritual directors (at least one of which is a Catholic priest) prepare and host the weekend for those attending. This "team" of Cursillistas gives talks on various aspects of Christian living and spirituality. Daily Mass is celebrated on the weekend, and time for prayer, study, reflection and fellowship is provided. Men's and women's weekends are held on separate weekends. All meals are provided and shared together.

There are also Group Reunions and Ultreyas where Cursillistas gather.  These meetings are part of the 'study.'  We call this School of Leaders or SOL.

One of the unique aspects of the Cursillo Movement is the ability to come together regularly with others who are working to include God in the everyday moments of their lives. Through planned meetings we come to know one another and encourage one another in our efforts to live the primary Charism of the Cursillo Movement which is to help Christians to be Christian.

There are ways to do this regularly within the Cursillo Movement: Please note that these groups are for anyone who is interested in ongoing Spiritual Formation. You do not have to have made a Cursillo Weekend in order to attend Group Reunion and Ultreya.

Group Reunions are small groups of men or small groups of women who meet regularly in order to share the spiritual journey. In the Philadelphia Cursillo we have new groups forming all the time. We also have groups that have been meeting regularly for over twenty years.

Ultreya is the Spanish Word meaning “keep on going”. Ultreya are made up of both male and females in the area coming together to share their Spiritual Formation. We are also encouraged to visit Ultreyas from other areas.