Dear Fellow Cursillistas
I write firstly simply to say a huge ‘Thank You’ for your prayers, love and support as I embark on this three year adventure of being BACC National President. It is at the same time exciting, a little daunting but above all a huge privilege and honour to be asked to serve our Cursillo movement in this way.
I am particularly grateful to all those of you who have sent me personal palanca or left messages of support on my Facebook page. I am also hugely indebted to Sally for her support and encouragement during the last 9 months or so. (I’m also grateful to her for agreeing to chair the Resource Manual review working group).
As I said briefly to those of you present on Saturday, my priority in this role is to support diocesan Secretariats and ordinary Cursillo members, as well as Standing Committee members, in any way I can. To that end I hope, over the next three years, to be able to visit all dioceses with active Cursillo movements, and hopefully some that may become active.
So my first request is that you send me a list of your planned Ultreyas and any other special gatherings over the next 12 months or so, and continue to let me have new dates as they are arranged. I can then get in touch and plan my visit to you.
A few other requests:
1. I feel that it’s very important that I am able to pray for every Cursillo weekend being held throughout the UK but I can only do that if I know when they’re happening. The best source of that information is the list of future weekend dates on our BACC website, but having recently trawled through a number of diocesan Cursillo websites I know that Billy Hollis is right; there are a few Dioceses who still don’t notify him of their weekend dates. (If you’re not sure whether your dates are on the website please check).
2. The recent suggestion that we produce a short promotional film about Cursillo to go on YouTube and social media is one that I’d like to explore with the Standing Committee. I’ve had a few contacts given to me of possible film makers but no one who is a Cursillista yet. If you know of a Cursillo member with skills in this area please let me have their contact details.
3. In the same vein we would like to find someone with PR skills who could help to improve our profile within the church. In the recent report from the Archbishop’s Council on Lay Leadership, “Setting God’s People Free”, Cursillo was one of the learning resources and networks cited as examples of current good practice. We need to exploit this opportunity as fully as possible but we can’t do so without the right people to promote it. I’ll do my best (I’ve sent a press release out about my appointment) but I’m not an expert. So again, if you know of a Cursillista who could help with this please put them in touch with me.
You may wish to know that this morning I sent a letter of condolence and support on behalf of British Anglican Cursillo to the Bishop of Manchester following Monday night’s atrocity. The text is below if you’re interested.
Finally, I look forward to working with you all over the next three years to build the Cursillo movement in the Anglican church so that it is a valued and respected tool for personal growth and discipleship. If you have any suggestions, queries or problems please don’t hesitate to contact me.
British Anglican Cursillo
123 Scalby Rd, Scarborough. YO12 5QL
From Sally H/M
My dear friends on BACC,
NEWS FROM LAC TREASURER
Anyone wishing to make a regular contribution to Cursillo in Leicestershire. Can download a bank order form by clicking on the link below
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Leicester Anglican Cursillo Lay Director
Roger Pullen has taken over as Lay Director at the 2016 AGM. Sally duke stood down at the AGM and we take this opertunity to thank her for all her hard work during her time as LD.
National Spiritual Director
Revd. Canon Cynthia Hebden has been elected NSD-designate in a close ballot of all Cursillo dioceses. She will takeover the NSD role from Fr Hugh Burgess who stands down at the BACC AGM in May 2016.
Cynthia is of course "one of us" in our diocese and a previous SD! We congratulate her on her new appointment and assure her of our prayers as she prepares to take on this role which is so vital for the health of our wonderful movement.
Have you thought about volunteering to serve Leicester Cusillo by becoming a member of our Secretariat?
This is the "committee" which works to promote Cursillo across the diocese, to plan events like the Launde weekends and Ultreyas
and to have an overview of what is going on nationally within our movement.
Several members are due to stand down from the Secretariat at the AGM in May having completed their three year term.
The group meets about 8 times each year usually on Tuesday evenings at Aylestone church. The only requirement is a deep desire
to see a healthy Cursillo movement across our diocese continuing to encourage Christians to deepen their spiritual life by using the Cursillo method through personal piety, study
and apostolic action.
If you think God may be calling you to serve in this way, please contact Sally our Lay Rector or Revd John, SD.
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