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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Spokane Cursillo veteran hopes to strengthen ties within movement

by Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the Dec. 20, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

The head of the diocese’s business office, a member of the new deacon formation class, is a veteran of a Cursillo — a form of spirituality he first experienced in the Pittsburgh area some five years ago.

Cursillo originated in Spain. The movement came to the United States in the 1950s and hit its stride in the Spokane Diocese about 15 years ago.

In the years since more 1,000 people in the diocese have participated in a Cursillo weekend — the “short course in Christianity.” According to Msgr. Pedro Ramírez of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, cursillistas — those who have experienced a Cursillo weekend — undergo a conversion experience. “It touches their lives and you can see the difference,” he said in an Inland Register interview about the movement (“Cursillo revitalizes faith as participants encounter Christ,” IR 5/3/01).

Miller’s experience of Cursillo was strong, and has had a lasting impact on his own life.

He describes Cursillo as “a time when (participants) will come very close to Jesus,” a spiritual practice which focuses on the individual’s relationship with Jesus — personalizing and strengthening that relationship.

“Almost everyone I know who’s been on Cursillo has experienced a profound impact on their relationship with Jesus,” he said. A Cursillo weekend becomes a powerful motivating force in the Christian’s life, he said, making evident “the awesomeness of Jesus’ love.... It’s a significant movement in my spirituality.”

He hopes to forge stronger links with Spokane-area Cursillo veterans, gathering them together for an ultreya — a Cursillo meeting — in February of next year at a Spokane-central location to be announced later.

Cursillistas who are interested in gathering should contact Miller: 358-7333 (work) or 922-1116 (home) or by e-mail.

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