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.


The Cursillo Board has tentatively set January 2022 to start Cursillo weekends again. Two things have to happen first. The first is that Quincy University has to make the decision to return the retreat center to its former use which means we will get the facility back.  They intend to return to normal class structure by fall and the actual decision will be made by July.  The second requirement is that Governor Pritzker would move the State of Illinois to Phase 5, which means fully open.  Based on his recent statements, we feel fairly safe that this will happen also before fall – probably sooner.  There are no guarantees on anything but the Cursillo Board is moving forward with planning. Please pray for guidance for all as decisions are made.