Chanco is not just for kids – spring Cursillo weekends

14 Cursillo Mom and PhyllisMaybe your child came home from camp talking about the “magic” of Chanco. Maybe you are feeling a little bit “zapped” spiritually and are looking for new ways to pray in your ever-busy life. Maybe you are searching for new tools to deepen your relationship with God and actively live your Christian faith more intentionally. Or maybe you are interested in making new friends from throughout our diocese. If any of these sound familiar, Cursillo may be for you! As Cursillista, Laura Frank Sale of Eastern Shore Chapel Virginia Beach, shared about her experience, “I gained new friends who share a deep love of Christ, strive to be leaders in their own parishes, and whose friendship feels much larger than having only known them for three days. It also strengthened and deepened the relationships of those that I already knew. I learned new ways to talk to God and took away with me new tools to make my relationship with God more intentional on a daily basis. These are just a few of the things I gained from the weekend. It was a joyous and fun experience that I would love for you to share also.”

You may be asking, “What is Cursillo anyway?” Cursillo is a movement within the Episcopal Church and is a method to help us grow closer to Jesus Christ. Cursillo is also a community where we’re encouraged to live joyfully and serve faithfully in grace. As the Cursillo movement evolved from Spain in the 1940’s, the name “Cursillo” is Spanish, meaning “short course”. The proper name is “Cursillo de Cristianidad “ (short course in Christianity). IMG_3066

Wondering if Cursillo is for you? Listen to the voices of those who have attended:

  • “I have always believed, and often forget, that if we quiet our minds and open our hearts, God will show us the way. That was true in spades this weekend, and I am finding it an exciting challenge to continue to assimilate that which we learned and experienced in my day-to-day life. I look forward to the next time I see each of you again. You are all so special to me.” – Kriston Feldpausch, Redeemer, Midlothian
  • Art and I can’t count the many blessings of the weekend. Thanks be to God!” – Loretta Mann, Emmanuel, Virginia Beach
  • “It was an incredibly powerful weekend. The Holy Spirit was definitely with us. There were many, many ‘God moments’. I owe a great debt of gratitude to those wonderful Brothers and Sisters in Christ who supported me by serving on team, and those who spent the weekend lifting us up in prayer. – Stew Wolfe, St. Luke’s, Powhatan, Rector Cursillo #152
  • “I am in awe of how I feel about the weekend. Our church Cursillo team meets every Wednesday night for prayer. I plan to be there. A special thanks to each of you. You all have made an impact on my life. More than you will ever know. And for that, I thank you.” – Marsha Whitehead, Emmanuel, Franklin

15 Cursillo Table PicYou will not want to miss two incredible retreat opportunities for adults coming this spring to Chanco. Cursillo #159, a Men’s Weekend is being held April 14-17, 2016 at Chanco on the James and the Rector for the weekend is Joe Jerauld of Emmanuel, Virginia Beach and can be reached at The Women’s Weekend is Cursillo #160 and is being held April 28-May 1, 2016. The Rector for the Women’s Weekend is Susan Summerlin of Emmanuel, Virginia Beach and she can be reached at  Cursillo #161 is a Co-Ed Weekend being held October 13-16, 2016 and the Rector is Ronda Toll of Christ the King, Tabb (  For more information on Cursillo or to apply to be a candidate or a team member, please contact the Rector for the weekend or visit the Cursillo website at  We hope you won’t miss this transformative weekend experience!

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