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The Cursillo Movement in AmericaCatholics, Protestants, and Fourth-Day Spirituality$
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Kristy Nabhan-Warren

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607153

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607177_Nabhan-Warren

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Blooming Where We're Planted

Blooming Where We're Planted

U.S. Catholics and Protestants Talk about Living Their Cursillo

(p.127) Chapter Four Blooming Where We're Planted
The Cursillo Movement in America

Kristy Nabhan-Warren

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how, for the cursillistas interviewed for this book, making their Cursillo was about becoming a better person. They emerged from the intensive three days as renewed men, women, Catholics, Protestants, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, husbands, and wives. For Catholic cursillistas like José Herrera, the weekend experience led them to nothing less than an epiphany. For the first time in their lives as brown-skinned Mexicans, they believed that their individual gifts were important to the future of their Church. For those middle- and upper-middle-class white, non-Hispanic men and women like Sue Davis who made their weekend, the three days of their Cursillo affirmed their lay Catholic and Protestant identities. They returned to their homes and families rejuvenated, prepared to “be church.” They were ready to take on increased responsibilities in the lives of their families, parishes, dioceses, and neighborhoods.

Keywords:   cursillistas, Cursillo, renewed faith, epiphany

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