Sydney (English) November 2015 Newsletter
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To our dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We have just completed the 50th year of the Cursillo Movement’s history in Australia and the Sydney area; the first English speaking Cursillo in Australia was held at Armidale in 1965, followed soon after with another one in Sydney in October of that year. Having passed this milestone we should pause to thank the Lord for the richness of His blessings over this period. Surely the choicest of these blessings has been manifested in the people who He has called to take an active role in our Movement. Not least amongst those who have given great service and dedication to the Secretariat over a long period. In thanking them for their dedication we are also asking you to remember them in your prayers./p>
Over the last 50 years the Sydney English speaking Cursillo has had countless number of candidates who have experienced this taste of community life. This Movement has been the foundation for leadership roles within many lay ministries, including Kairos Prison Ministry, St Vincent de Paull, RCIA, Care Group, Youth Groups, Alpha Course, Prayer Groups, Study Groups, etc. throughout the Sydney and Wollongong Diocese as well as travelling to Perth and New Zealand to assist with the establishment of Cursillo there.
Unfortunately, over recent years it has been increasingly difficult to form teams who are able to make the three month commitment prior to Cursillo and a further 12 month support post Cursillo. It has been difficult to attract candidates who are able to give up three days to “live the retreat” and then attend Ultreyas and form Group Reunions. We have also found it difficult to attract Cursillistas who are prepared to participate in the leadership roles of the Secretariat. Our lives seem to be more demanding and we appear to be time-poor. Additionally we have found it increasingly difficult to find a venue for the weekend which is affordable in the Sydney area.
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