My Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Let’s see. It’s been 4-5 months since I’ve taken over for Kevin Kisbey-Green as Lay Director. Yes, I guess it’s definitely about time I finally finished my first message to all my fellow Cursillistas in the Birmingham Cursillo community.
First of all, I want to say what a great honor and privilege it is to serve the Cursillo Community in this capacity and I appreciate all the votes of confidence. I also want to once again thank Kevin for his many years of dedicated service to the Cursillo community and the Secretariat. It is truly humbling to follow, and to lead, so many dedicated, faith-filled Catholics. My desire is to represent our Cursillo community as faithfully as Kevin did, and continues to do.
For those who don’t know much about me, my wife, son, and daughter came to Alabama from Arlington, Texas a little over 9 years ago. At that time, I was the lost sheep, definitely needing the shepherd to find me and return me to the other 99. Well, he did exactly that, in the form of my dear friend and co-worker Mark Richards who invited me to attend a Cursillo weekend. I was able to attend Cursillo #103 in September 2005. And that encounter, and the entire Cursillo community in the diocese of Birmingham, has brought me to where I am today; a far cry from where I was 10 years ago. I thank all of you for everything you have done in helping me in my faith journey. Now it is my turn to do everything I can, with God’s Grace, to serve each one of you, but I ask for your continued support and prayers.
Next, I just wanted to take a moment to remind everybody again of some of the exciting things happening this year in our Cursillo Community. First, we are having our Grand Ultreya and Summer Social in Hanceville on June 28th. This will be our next great opportunity to come together as a diocese and spend some time with friends from across the upper half of Alabama. In addition, we are once again having a Day of Reflection at Casa Maria in Irondale on November 8th in place of our normal November School of Leaders. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it last year but, from what I’ve heard from those who were able to attend, I will definitely make plans to do so this year.
And lastly, the diocese of Birmingham is hosting the next Cursillo de Cursillos in September. If you are unfamiliar with this event, check out the additional information we have on the 4th Day portion of this website. But what I really wanted to do at this time is to extend a personal invitation to all Cursillistas and, especially, to those who have chosen to make Cursillo their Apostolate to take part in this golden opportunity to further and deepen our understanding and knowledge of this wonderful movement taught by some of those who have learned at the feet of Eduardo Bonin. Let’s make sure we have a full house and are well represented across the entire diocese. If you have any questions about this event, contact either myself or Christina Semmens.
Finally, I just wanted to let you all know that, as Lay Director, I am here to serve you in any capacity that I possibly can. If you have a concern, or issue, or suggestion regarding our movement, good and bad, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can’t promise you it will be implemented, but I can promise you it will be heard. And please, positive feedback is also very much appreciated and needed. In this way, by hearing what has been working well, what the positive and negative experiences are, we, the Secretariat, may have a clearer understanding of the pulse of our community.
We realize that it is important that our voices be heard. But, at the same time, we must also remain humble and accept that decisions that are made are done for the good of the community, for the good of the movement, and, most importantly, are done so that we remain true to the charism as initiated by Mr. Bonin. So that together we can overcome any obstacles we may be confronted with and continue to radiate the joy of living our Christian Ideal in all of our environments.
Please take the time to browse our Cursillo website for more details of upcoming events, and please pray for the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Birmingham and for all Cursillo leaders.
- Mondays – National, Regional, and Diocesan Secretariats
- Tuesdays – School of Leaders
- Wednesdays – Cursillistas in the United States
- Thursdays – National Cursillo Movement’s Apostolic Actions
- Fridays – Cursillo Weekends
- Saturdays – OMCC and NACG Executive Committees