What you need to know about Cursillo – Region 2
The purpose of the Cursillo Movement is to bring about a Christian transformation of all society. To fulfill this purpose Cursillistas must continue to be tireless in their individual efforts to help bring about this Christian transformation.
The Roman Catholic Cursillo Movement of the United States developed a process of service to assist all Cursillistas in fulfilling this purpose. Diocesan leaders oversee all aspects of the local Cursillo Movements and provide the immediate service to the Cursillistas. Please note that all references to Diocese(an) are understood to include Archdiocese(an). Regional leaders assist, communicate and support the service of these diocesan Cursillo leaders. National leaders assist, communicate and support the service of these regional leaders.
The nation is divided into 12 regions which include generally contiguous states. Region 2 includes: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania (Eastern Half) and Virginia. Region 2 has an Episcopal Advisor; a Coordinating Group including English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese members; English and Spanish language Coordinators, Spiritual Advisors, Service Teams and Secretariats.
The Region 2 English and Spanish language Secretariats are led by their respective language Coordinators. These Coordinators are members of the National Cursillo Secretariat, which includes the various language Coordinators from the 12 regions.
Region 2 Cursillo Secretariats
The Region 2 Coordinators lead their respective language groups’ Region 2 Secretariats which are comprised of the Lay Directors and Spiritual Advisors of the affiliated diocesan movements in those languages. The purpose of each Region 2 Secretariat is to:
a. Determine the educational needs for the various diocesan Cursillo Movements within Region 2.
b. Determine the educational needs for those attending Region 2 encounters, meetings and other functions.
c. Encourage the Region 2 Service Teams to promote nationally recognized workshops throughout the region.
d. Provide an atmosphere for open sharing among the various diocesan Cursillo leaders, i.e. Lay Directors should meet with other Lay Directors and Spiritual Advisors should meet with other Spiritual Advisors.
e. Help ensure proper communication between the Region 2 leaders and the Cursillistas within the diocesan Cursillo Movements of the region.
f. Review Region 2 Service Team candidate applications in order to determine the best-qualified individuals selected to service the entire region.
g. Select the Region 2 Service Team members who will serve the dioceses of the region.
h. When selecting the Region 2 Service Team members, ensure that a proper balance of leadership is maintained throughout the entire region.
i. Review and discuss correspondence from the National Cursillo Center, the National Cursillo staff, and the Region 2 leaders.
j. Maintain a proper set of Region 2 Bylaws and a Region 2 Pastoral Plan.
k. Provide necessary finances to allow for the work of Region 2. The Region 2 Secretariats establish, by a 2/3 majority of those present and voting, an amount of support to be contributed by affiliated diocesan Secretariats in the various language groups. The amount of these Region 2 Affiliation Fees may be altered periodically, also by a 2/3-majority vote.
l. Take measures to correct the deficiencies of Region 2 leaders who are not performing their duties, or relieve them of those duties if corrections are not made.
The Region 2 English and Spanish language Secretariats meet a least twice a year. Lay directors of affiliated Korean, Portuguese and Vietnamese language diocesan Cursillo Movements may meet with the English language Region 2 Secretariat.
In the event that a Lay Director or Spiritual Advisor of an affiliated diocesan Movement is unable to attend a Region 2 Secretariat meeting, they may send a proxy to assume their duties.
a. Only a lay person shall serve as proxy for the Lay Director.
b. Only a priest, deacon or vowed-religious shall serve as proxy for the Spiritual Advisor.
c. The respective language group Region 2 Coordinator should be notified prior to the meeting of any proxies for the upcoming meeting.
Region 2 Service Team Members
The English and Spanish language Region 2 Service Teams should each include a Spiritual Advisor. The Spiritual Advisor will be selected by the respective Region 2 Coordinator with the approval of the Regional Episcopal Advisor. The qualifications for each Region 2 Service Team Spiritual Advisor should include, but not be limited to:
a. Involved in the Cursillo Movement at the diocesan level.
b. Understand the basic principles of the Cursillo Movement.
c. Support the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
d. Support the efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
e. Support and promote all authentic aspects of the Cursillo Movement as indicated in literature approved by the National Cursillo Secretariat.
f. Be outgoing, loving and have experience and knowledge in, and of, the Cursillo Movement.
g. Be approved by his/her local Ordinary to serve in this capacity.
Region 2 Service Team Spiritual Advisors will provide assistance to the Diocesan Spiritual Advisors (within their language group) in the form of workshops, etc.
The term of the Region 2 Service Team Spiritual Advisors shall be three years, renewable.
Region 2 Coordinators
The English and Spanish language Region 2 Spiritual Advisors and Service Team members select their respective Region 2 Coordinators.
Anyone being selected must be a current member of their respective language group Service Team, and must have served at least one year in their present term on the Service Team.
Those being considered must be contacted prior to the meeting and must have agreed to serve as Region 2 Coordinator for a term of three years.
Each Region 2 Coordinator must also agree to serve as a member of the National Cursillo Secretariat during the same three-year period. Each Region 2 Coordinator should meet with their Service Team members at least twice a year to ensure that their language group of Cursillo in Region 2 is being served.
Because of the need to continue to develop leadership at high level positions, an ex-Region 2 Coordinator may not hold a Regional office for a period of five years immediately following the completion of his or her three-year term.
Region 2 service Team Members
Each English and Spanish language Region 2 Coordinator should have a Service Team of three members to assist in the work of serving the affiliated Diocesan Cursillo Secretariats. These Service Team members, while not members of the Region 2 Coordinating Group, are considered associate members and should attend Region 2 Coordinating Group meetings, Region 2 Cursillo Encounters and other Region 2 events, National Cursillo Encounters and other National Cursillo events.
Each English and Spanish language Region 2 Coordinator should provide the National Cursillo Center with the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses (if available) of their Service Team members in order to be listed in the National Directory. This is necessary in order for the Service Team members to receive National Mailings.
Qualifications for the Region 2 Service Team members should include, but not be limited to:
a. Be a regular member of a Permanent Group Reunion.
b. Understand the basic principles of the Cursillo Movement.
c. Make the Cursillo Movement their primary apostolate.
d. Have an understanding of the knowledge contained in the official Cursillo literature, especially the Fundamental Ideas of the Cursillo Movement.
e. Participate in regular Spiritual Direction.
f. Support and promote all authentic aspects of the Cursillo Movement as indicated in literature approved by the National Cursillo Secretariat.
g. Work as leaders at the local Ultreya.
h. Be a regular member at the local School of Leaders.
i. Have experience working on Cursillo Weekends and giving at least two different presentations.
j. Be outgoing, loving and have experience and knowledge in, and of, the Cursillo Movement.
k. Have the recommendation and approval of his/her diocesan Cursillo Secretariat. Note: If a candidate for membership on a Region 2 Service Team is also a member of a diocesan Cursillo Secretariat, then that person will seek to be replaced at the diocesan level if they are selected to be a member of a Region 2 Service Team.
The term for a Region 2 Service Team member is four years. Once a member completes his/her term, he/she may not serve in this capacity for a minimum of one year. This fosters other potential leaders within Region 2.
Region 2 Coordinating Group
The Region 2 Coordinating Group is comprised of the Regional Spiritual Advisor and the English and Spanish language group Coordinators, as well at the Korean, Portuguese and Vietnamese language group leaders. English and Spanish language Region 2 Service Team members are associate members and invited to participate in meetings. This body meets twice a year to ensure that the contents of the Region 2 gatherings are meaningful and the needs of the Region are met.
Regional Structure Guidelines for the United States Cursillo Movement
The information about Region 2 presented here is based on the current edition of the “Regional Structure Guidelines for the United State Cursillo Movement.” More detailed information about the operations of regional structures is contained in that document. For more information, or for a copy of that document, contact the current English or Spanish language Region 2 Coordinator listed on this website by clicking Contact Us in the left column on the home page of this website.