Quincy Cursillo is centered in Quincy, Illinois within the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.  We hosted our first Cursillo in December 1974 and continue to hold eight weekends per year – four for men and four for women. They are held at the Franciscan Retreat Center located at 1909 N. 18th Street in Quincy, Illinois.

Cursillo (pronounced kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word meaning “short course”. During this three-day experience, those attending pray together, celebrate Eucharist, listen to talks given by priests, religious and laypersons, and share fellowship of Jesus Christ and each other.

Although a Cursillo is not a retreat, its aim is to concentrate on the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ.  As a Lay Movement, Cursillo gives those who attend a living understanding of basic Christian truths and a desire to serve the Church. It also provides a means to continue the Christian formation that begins during the three-day experience.

A Cursillo weekend begins on Thursday evening with candidate registration from 7:30-8:30 pm and culminates on Sunday evening with closing and Mass  at 4 pm.


After months of hard work and lots of prayer, we are finally ready to share with you our plan to move forward with our Cursillo weekends.  Our first weekend will be January 20-23, 2022 with Damian McDonald as rector.  Please begin to pray for him and his team now. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there will be some changes to how the weekend looks. Our goal is to keep everyone who comes to the weekend safe and well, both team and candidates.

Refer to the November Fourth Day Newsletter for details