Cursillo reformatting progress report

Beginning in 2013 with full support of Bishop Rickel and implemented at weekends in Spring & Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, several changes have made the weekend experience more relevant to younger participants and contemporary culture. In light of these recent changes and the reformatting of our Three-Day weekend, the Secretariat suspended the Fall 2015 weekend.

We originally invited the community to meet with us on October 24. That invitation was hopeful but premature. We now recognize that we need more time to hone the message we will present at Diocesan Convention. Therefore, your understanding is requested as Secretariat will retreat on October 24 to continue preparing materials and to prayerfully select our leader for Spring 2016 weekend. We look forward to experiencing the new weekend format at the May 20-22 weekend at Dumas Bay Conference Center in Federal Way.

Our immediate goal is to polish our product for our booth at the Diocesan Convention Nov. 12-13. There, visitors will find new brochures, applications and information about the retooled flow of the weekend.  We encourage you to visit the booth, talk with the booth staff, and pick up handouts to share with others.

The community can anticipate a Three-Day that includes:

  • A simpler application process
  • New talk outlines
  • New format for discussion groups
  • More free time
  • Visit from the bishop
  • A real bed to sleep in and showers available
  • New grouping tools
  • A healing service
  • A new way to think about one’s life mission and ministries
  • Electronic Colors
  • A different way to help fund the weekend
  • Tools to take back to your church

The Secretariat welcomes your comments, questions and concerns.  Please email any one of us through We will do our best to address your communication.  We are honored to serve in this ministry for this diocese.

Contact me about serving on a future weekend

Serving on a weekend team is an incredibly fulfilling experience so we want to make sure that team service is available to all members of our community. Please fill out this form if you are interested in serving on an upcoming weekend. The leader for an upcoming weekend will contact you.

The weekend leader for each weekend picks the team from all available servants. If you are not called for the next weekend we will keep your information on file for future weekends.

Please contact me about serving on a future weekend



Cursillo Weekend Application

Cursillo Application

The Secretariat has created a standard application form for Cursillo weekends. It is a four-page document that you may download using the link below.

Page 1 describes the Cursillo movement, the three-day weekend, and the Fourth Day.
Page 2 is the application for the candidate, priest, and sponsor to complete.
Page 3 is information for sponsors.
Page 4 is a “wrapper” for mailing. If you don’t plan to mail the application, print only the first three pages.

The version published by the Cursillo office is printed on 11 x 17 paper, folded. You may simply print the pages single-sided or two-sided on 8.5 x 11 paper.

Although we expect that sponsors will give candidates only the first two pages, do not worry if candidates or other folks see the information primarily intended for sponsors. This is a way for us to be more open about the Movement and what it means for both candidates, sponsors, and the community.

To submit an application, please open it, print it out, complete it, and mail it to us as instructed on the form. If you cannot open or print the application, please send an email message that includes your mailing address to and we will mail you a hard copy. Thank you!

Click here to download the Cursillo Application

Update your contact info

Cursillista Profile

We are often asked, “What haven’t I ever been asked to serve on a team?” The two most common reasons are

(1) we didn’t know you were interested in serving on a team because we don’t have a completed profile for you
– or –
(2) you did submit a profile at one time, but since then we have lost track of you.

How do we lose track of Cursillistas? First of all, they move without leaving a forwarding address. If they do leave a forwarding address, the Post Office notifies us and we update the database. Unfortunately, the Post Office does not give us new phone numbers to go with the new address, and phone calls are how Rectors and Rectoras usually recruit team members. Second, Cursillistas change their email addresses and don’t notify us. Email is another way we try to communicate, and when an email address is bad, we have no way of knowing what the good one is.

So, please keep in touch! We don’t move and are easy to reach:

Do you want to submit a new profile?

The preferred way to update your contact information is to use our new online form. However, a link to a printable PDF along with mailing directions is included at the bottom of this page.

Cursilista Profile - Time & Talent Survey

  • Name

  • Your Parish

  • Your Cursillo weekend

  • Cursillo Team Experience

  • We will update our database with the information submitted on this form. We give all information in the database to the leader of all upcoming weekends when he/she creates the team for the weekend. If you have any questions, please e-mail the Cursillo office manager at


Hard-copy profile form

Use the link below to download the Profile form, print it out, fill in the blanks, and mail it to the Cursillo Office:
Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Olympia
1551 Tenth Ave. East
Seattle, WA 98102

Download Profile

Links & Forms

Please let us know if you have a favorite Cursillo-related link that our area Cursillistas would find helpful. Please email the webmaster.

Sign up to serve on an upcoming weekend

Cursillista Profile (Time and Talent form)
Cursillo Application
3-Day Weekends Online (The palanca pages)
De Colores Online Catalog
National Episcopal Cursillo
Kairos of Washington
National Kairos
De Colores Lyrics
Palanca request letter (word document for sponsors to send to candidate’s friends/family)



The Secretariat is a group of ten lay persons and two clergy responsible for direction of the Cursillo Ministry in the Diocese.

Lay members have a 3-year term while clergy have a 2-year term. Terms are arranged such that no more than 4 lay members are replaced per year.

Meetings are held monthly, usually on the first Monday of each month at 6:15pm at Diocesan House at 1551 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA

Secretariat meetings are generally open. If you have business to present at a future Secretariat meeting, please e-mail a Secretariat member using one or more of the addresses below.

President: Nancy Laswell
Vice President: Becky Scott
Secretary: Allegra Anderson
Treasurer: Tom Andrew

Spiritual Director: Gen Grewell
Spiritual Director: The Rev Kathleen Patton

4th Day: Al Francisco
Communications: Claire Alkire – 
Palanca: Open for nomination/application
Site Selection: Ed Leonard
Supplies: Julie Evans
Training: Mike Knowles
Web Manager: Mike Knowles

In addition, the Secretariat has a volunteer office manager who does not have a vote at meetings, but also who does not have a term limit.

Office Manager: Open for nomination/application

Fourth Day

Fourth Day Celebrations

Following each Cursillo we rejoice with the new members of our Cursillo community at our Fourth Day Celebration. Sponsors, candidates, team members, and the rest of the community gather to welcome our new brothers and sisters and to rejuvenate our Fourth Day together. The celebration consists of music, a few short discussions, a mini Ultreya, and fellowship.

Spring 2016 Fourth Day
  Yet to be determined – Please check back following scheduling of the Spring 2016 weekend

Schedule : Yet to be determined – Please check back

Location: Yet to be determined – Please check back

Prayer groups (reunion groups)

The sharing that begins on a Cursillo weekend continues and strengthens in weekly meetings of groups of Christians. We come together to share our lives, pray for one another, hold each other accountable to living out our commitments, and enjoy fellowship together. If you are a recent Cursillista and are not in a group, contact your sponsor or your priest and tell him or her you would like to be in a reunion group. It is your sponsor’s responsibilty to help you find a group.

Prayer and Praise Potluck (Ultreya!)

Ultreya is a word that means “Onward!” and is a cheer of encouragement. It also describes a joyous meeting – a time when the larger community gathers for fellowship, music, prayer, and sharing. We celebrate Ultreya as the Prayer and Praise Potluck. Click here for a schedule of these all around the diocese!

For questions or help finding a Prayer and Praise Potluck, please e-mail


What is Kairos?
Kairos is an interdenominational Christian ministry whose programs are designed to be presented in state and federal men’s and women’s correctional institutions in the U.S. with adaptations for other countries and languages. This ministry is governed by the national board of Kairos Prison Ministry, Inc. The ministry is conducted in cooperation with the chaplains of correctional institutions by teams of laity and clergy who are selected, trained and certified by area governing bodies of Kairos and approved by correctional institutions as citizen volunteers.

Kairos Prison Ministry is a ministry by persons drawn from a broad range of denominational churches. Kairos volunteers have experience in renewal movements within their churches which focus on small group dynamics, share and prayer groups, personal witness and vulnerability in Christian community. It is a continuing ministry. The primary objective of the three-day short course is to prepare selected residents for life in an ongoing Christian community.

Kairos is currently being presented in six institutions in Western Washington: Washington State Reformatory at Monroe, Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy, McNeil Island Corrections Center, Clallam Bay, Stafford Creek, and Pine Lodge. In addition, Kairos Outside is offered to women who have loved ones who are or who have been incarcerated. The purpose of Kairos Outside is to demonstrate God’s grace and love through Christian support.

If you would like to participate in Kairos, or would like more information, please contact Gene Bal or write to:

P O BOX 7104


Cursillo Weekends

Spring 2016 weekend will be at Dumas Bay Conference Center in Federal Way. All participants, both guest and team, will have real beds in 1- 2 person rooms, with showers available.

Weekend registration

Candidate applications should be scanned at the highest possible quality and e-mailed to


We encourage handwritten personal notes or letters informing candidates of prayers and sacrifice that are being offered on their behalf. Please mail palanca to the sponsor of each candidate, hand-deliver it to the weekend, or give it to a team member to deliver to the weekend. Please do not mail palanca to the above church address or to the Cursillo office.

Please do not mail palanca to the Cursillo office.

Newsletter – The Colors

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Spring 2015 edition: Available now!
Click here to download PDF

Please see the Spring 2015 weekend page for last-minute information on team and participant changes which weren’t available in time for us to print them in The Colors.

The Colors is the official newsletter of the Cursillo Ministry in the Diocese of Olympia. It is published two or three times yearly. Printed copies should arrive about three weeks before the Cursillo weekend for the season. Occasionally an extra issue is printed.

Archived past editions are available here for viewing or printing.

Past Editions

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Lenten 2012

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

Fall 2010

Spring 2010

Fall 2009

Spring 2009

Please direct questions or comments to a member of the Secretariat, or send email to

All copies of The Colors are best viewed in Adobe Acrobat. You can download the free reader from Adobe’s website. If you have problems reading or printing the newsletters, please send an e-mail message to Thank you!


Cursillo Ministry

“. . . But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
And His gifts were that some should be apostles,
some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
to equip the saints for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ . . .”

Ephesians 4:7, 11-12

Cursillo is patterned on Jesus’ own example. He searched out and called a small group of potential leaders; He trained them by word and example and inspired them with a vision; He linked them together and sent them out into the world to bring the world to Him.

The Secretariat has discerned the following mission and vision to focus the Cursillo ministry in the Diocese of Olympia:

Our Vision: Cursillo is a ministry of the church providing opportunities to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Risen Christ.

Our Mission: We accomplish our vision by:

  • Inviting God’s presence in our everyday life;
  • Embracing our various gifts and talents as sacred, and
  • Transforming our world by proclaiming the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Make a Friend, Be a Friend, Bring a Friend to Christ!