The Cursillo in Christianity is primarily a lay movement. It is an instrument of renewal by which Christianity can permeate, live and grow in today’s world. It proposes no new type of spirituality but a method through which one’s spirituality can be strengthened, lived and shared in all areas of one’s environment.


Cursillo (pronounced “kur-see-yo”) is a Spanish word meaning “short course” – short course in Christianity. The Cursillo started in Spain in the late 1940s and spread throughout the Spanish speaking countries of the world. It came to the United States in 1957 when Spanish Air Cadets, training in Texas held a Cursillo weekend for a group of Spanish speaking men. The first English language Cursillo was held in 1961 in San Angelo, Texas, and that year, the movement spread to a dozen other states, including Illinois.

The movement was introduced in the Peoria diocese in 1964 where it is ecumenical, open to all Christian faiths. Local leaders have helped establish similar national programs in the Episcopal, Methodist and Lutheran churches, and a prison ministry program is an additional outgrowth of the Peoria Cursillo movement.


Click here for information about Cursillo Weekends in Bloomington

Click here for information about Cursillo Weekends in Peoria

Click here for information about Cursillo Weekends in Champaign

Mass Times

Click here to view full Mass Schedule

Holy Family

316 South Logan Street, Lincoln
Saturday: 4:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am

St. Patrick's

213 South Bogardus Street, Elkhart
Sunday: 8:00am

St. Thomas Aquinas

321 South Lafayette Street, Mt. Pulaski
Sunday: 10:00am

St. Mary's

805 N.W. Pearl Street, Atlanta
Sunday: 8:30am

  Follow Us on Facebook


Catholic Community

Rectory Hours:

8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Wednesday

8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Thursday

Closed on Friday

Phone: (217) 732-4019

Holy Family

Carroll Catholic School, a Ministry of Holy Family Parish

St. Patricks

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Marys Church

Mission Statement

Parish Histories

Photo Gallery
From the Choir Loft
From the back of the Church
Stained Glass Window
Statue of St. Joseph
Don't Forget