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Cursillo 323


Cursillo is a movement of the Church. The Cursillo Weekend is a time for renewal, refreshment, and recommitment to living for Christ. Through talks given by both lay and clergy, small group discussions, worship and the sacraments, participants on the weekend come away with the tools to help them lead a more Christ-centered life. As a result, they become more effective in bringing Christ to others and others closer to Christ to spread the kingdom of God throughout their neighborhood and the world – the duty of all Christians. These tools are maintained and sharpened through the 4th Day activities of Group Reunions, Ultreya and Spiritual Direction.

It was 1973 when the first Cursillo was held in the Dioceses of Dallas and Ft. Worth. Since then, Cursillistas in Dallas and Fort Worth have taken Cursillo to the British Isles, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, as well as introduced it to the Lutheran community . It is now provided in Spanish and also adapted for the inner city ministries.

Sign up for the next cursillo scheduled for June 9-12 at Star Brand Ranch near Kaufman.

Mission Efforts Recognized by the State

The exceptional mission and outreach efforts of St. James on the Lake volunteer Bill Shehee, and the non-profit group One Man’s Treasure was recognized by the state of Texas during the Governor’s 2016 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program.

Shehee was presented the prestigious Carol S. Vance Volunteer Service Award for his work with prison ministry.

A Dallas police officer of 31 years, Mr. Shehee now leads the medium custody faith community at the Beto Unit near Palestine. Active in Kairos, as well as the Care Program, he believes that everyone needs hope and that many offenders, especially those in medium custody, can lose that hope if they are not taught how to sustain and grow. His activity level is phenomenal and every program that he participates in promotes positive change in offender-behavior through spiritual formation.

“Volunteering is not a choice for the men and women being recognized today,” said Dale Wainwright, Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman. “They see it as a responsibility and for that we’re thankful."

One Man’s Treasure was presented the Reentry and Integration Division Award for its ministry that provides men who are recently released from prison with clothing and networking opportunities. More than 6,500 men have received clothing from One’s Man’s Treasure, since it was founded in 2005.

“The unwavering dedication of these volunteers to help others succeed is truly inspiring,” said Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice.


This blog aims to highlight mission and outreach in EDOD parishes