Dear Cursillista and beloved Catholic community, your cursillista family invites you to continue your fourth day walk. Open the door that Jesus' is knocking at and join us in grouping, school of leadership, and ultreyas. And for those who have not lived your 3 day cursillo the Yuma area is preparing for the 2017 Cursillo to be held at St. John Neuman's in Yuma, Az. Contact us for more information at

Come answer the calling to live your Cursillo. Jesus is counting on you! Details are below.

Pope John Paul II, Vatican City, May 6, 2002

The Pope offered encouragement to the Cursillo movement, a Christian renewal effort now present in 60 countries and 800 dioceses. " The little seed sown in Spain more than 50 years ago has become a great tree rich in fruits of the Spirit, " the Holy Father said... " Dear Cursillistas! Follow confidently the way of formation and Christian life that you have undertaken with so much generosity," John Paul II concluded. "Duc in Altum! (Go into the deep!)"

Upcoming Events

National workshop in Eloy, AZ Saturday March 25! All Cursillistas invited. More info to come!


The 1st Yuma Area Cursillo Golf Tourney Fundraiser is here! Dust off your clubs and golf gear and get ready to Swing in the Spring! The 2 man scramble green fees and meal is $50! To register and learn of more details or if you are interested in serving with us as the committee call, text, or email Nivas Beltran at (928) 210-5477,


Ultreya  Make a friend, bring a friend for fun, prayer and authentic food for the soul...the cursillo way!

  • ELOY, AZ - St. Helen of the Cross Roman Catholic Church, 205 W. 8th St (2017- Apr 18, Jun 17, Aug 19, Oct 21, Dec 16) details at
  • SANTA ROSA - A BIG shout out to our Santa Rosa Cursillo community who invited all to Ultreya. Stay tuned for future events throughout the Diocese.
  • CASA GRANDE - details coming soon, St. Anthony of Padua Casa Grande, AZ
  • Yuma Area - 2d Wednesday of the month, 7-8:30pm. Normally at St. Francis Church. Saturday Ultreyas are held quarterly, 11am-1pm at St. Francis church, 1815 S. 8th Ave Yuma, AZ.


Grouping  Be a friend; 4th day action of sharing with Cursillistas piety, study and action. The fellowship Pillar that helps build and sustain the spirit! Ask at for a group near you.


School of leaders  Holy Spirit action. Join us and serve our ministry, strengthen the family and build our community. Continue to live your 4th day by participating, renewing, strengthening your Cursillo weekend experience and evangelize it with others!

  • Yuma Area SOL 3rd and 4th - Wednesdays (the 2nd Wednesday is Ultreya) of each month. Normally at St. Francis school class room 7, 7-8: 30 pm.
  • Tucson SOL - Every 1st and 3rd Monday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at St. Margaret's, 801 N. Grande Ave, Tucson, Az 85745. For more information contact Rogene Small (520) 238-1869 or send email to
  • Casa Grande SOL - Every Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church Community Center, 201 N Picacho Street, Casa Grande, AZ. For more info call Ron Rodriguez (520) 483-9070 or send email to
  • Cochise County SOL - Eevery Tuesday (except 1st Tuesday of month -week of Ultreya) from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Our Lady of the Mountain, 1425 E. Yaqui Street, Sierra Vista, AZ 85650. For more information call Yvonne Moreno (520) 249-3291 or email to

Cursillo 3 Day  Encounters with self, Jesus and each other as we live the Gospel spirit and grow our piety, study and action in our environments. This is a great opportunity to live and develop a deeper understanding of being fully catholic in exercising our Christian mission as baptized children of God!

*The Yuma Secretariat Team is preparing for the cursillo 2017! The mens's is tentative for May 18-21 and the women's is 25-28 May. Send Palanca to or you can access the account on the National Cursillo website in the Feb time frame!



Announcements/ Other Scheduling

Congratulations to Irene Montoya for accepting the call for the Yuma Secretariat School of Leaders chair and thank you Doug Lancaster for your many years of service.

*Palanca, Palanca, Palanca. Leveraging faith, hope and love in prayer and sacrifice. Offer masses, fasting, chapel visits, rosaries to candidates, to service teams and the World Wide community.

Please track your palanca numbers! God is Good!

Remember to keep the palancas rolling in Keep our community and all Cursillo candidates and teams in your prayers. Remember we are one "Diocese of Tucson" team and remain " One Cursillo Strong" with unified Palanca! De Colores! and E-Mail palancas can be sent through the national Cursillo website at

Primarily for the convenience of sponsors the diocese candidate application form is under review. Cursillistas who may know of candidates but do not want to sponsor please contact your local School of leaders or secretariat teams to provide sponsorship.

The Yuma Area calendar is under construction. Attached is a draft calendar and the Tucson area may be added as the functions are confirmed. Remember that all dates are subject to change and will be corrected as needed. Feel free to download the calendar and personalize it with your daily reminders.

In addition, the compliancy form is also under review and will be to facilitate early approvals for working SOL and Cursillo events. Forms should be filled in, in accord with your parish Compliancy officers. Be aware that compliancy programs are subject to individual parish policy and may differ from parish to parish. Contact your parish for compliancy forms and policy.

Yuma Secretariat is accepting your call for the Pre-Cursillo, and Post chairpersons. if anyone is interested in serving our community please contact me

Tucson Secretariat is selecting for the Treasure and Pre-cursillo chairs. If anyone is interested in serving our community please email Nivas Beltran, Lay Director at Other vacant position of Yuma Post Cursillo and Pre-Cursillo is in discernment and eligible applicants are asked to submit your applications.

*YAC secretariat chairs meeting. Rotational locations, 4:30PM to 6PM, Yuma County Library . The next YAC meeting is TBD, 0430 pm- 0630 pm, at the heritage library 4th Ave and 3rd street!

For our visitors attending Yuma area events and needing overnight accommodations, please notify us ahead of time for available hotels and other sleeping accommodations. We are looking for sponsors who could share room for overnight stays for our cursillista visitors! Also let me know if you are planning to be in the area as we have movie nights and pic-nics scheduled over next few months!

The National Cursillo leadership has announced that Amazon has added the cursillo ministry to their list of 501C charitable organizations. This means that if you register the cursillo ministry as your preferred charity, a portion or percentage of your purchase goes to cursillo!

Please continue to pray for the all Cursillistas who are well into their 4th day and for the outstanding efforts of the team and sponsors for continued success of our community. I offer the following, St Augustine, prayer to cursillos both past and future. It found me the day after the men's 2016 cursillo and reminded me of the challenges and victories of balancing formation/cursillo/personal life and the results of experiencing the face of Christ in the faces of candidates and the hard working teams!

"Look on us lord, and let all the darkness of our souls disappear before the beams of your brightness. Fill us with your holy love, and open to us the treasures of your wisdom. We seek your face, turn your face to us and show us your glory. Then our longing will be satisfied and our peace will be complete."


The 4th day- All days following the 3-day retreat to live the Cursillo method of the TRIPOD!  The Fourth Day "Living the dream" - this is the Cursillistas living in Christ following the 3 day Cursillo retreat. This space is reserved for the entire Diocese Cursillo community to share your "Living the dream" experience, where has cursillo led you! Send "DREAMS" to


Did You Know?  The cursillo is both a movement and a method. The purpose of the movement is to create small groups of Christians that will evangelize their environments with the Gospel spirit. The purpose of the method is to help persons to live what is fundamental for being a Christian by committing themselves to the spiritual aids the Church offers in order to grow in Piety, Study and Action.

Your Cursillo Secretariat, Diocese of Tucson and links

With the blessings of THE MOST REVEREND BISHOP KICANAS, the laity represent the 7 functional Chairs of the Cursillo Secretariat and our Spiritual Directors through the groaning's of the HOLY SPIRIT. Learn more of what the elected body of servants do for the community. Call to reserve a seat in one of our monthly meetings.

Lay Director Chair -Nivas Beltran,

Diocese Cursillo Spiritual Advisor - Deacon Tran (Tucson),

Local area Spiritual advisor - Deacon Rick Douglas (Yuma), Deacon Pat Abiles (Casa Grande/Eloy)

Secretary Chair- Penny Doten (Yuma), Sandra Bernal (Tucson)

Post Chair - Vacant (Yuma), Ed Lopez (Tucson)

Pre- Cursillo chair- Vacants, Yuma/ vacant, Tucson

3 Day Chair - Barry Waite (Yuma)/ Alex Mejia (Tucson)

School of Leaders Chair- Yvonne Moreno (Tucson), Irene Montoya (Yuma)

Treasurer Chair- Tucson chair vacant, Mike Castaneda (Yuma)

Diocese of Tucson consolidated contact info: cell (928) 613-2628,