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“All movements begin with a halo of mysticism (charisma). Then they need an organization; in the end, the organization ends up swallowing up the mysticism.”
Calling All Cursillistas
Christ Is Counting On You!
On April 1st 2014, Nick Williams will become the eighth Lay Director of Orange County Cursillo since the inception of our diocese in 1976. He was unanimously elected by our hard working Cursillo Secretariat and approved by Bishop Kevin Vann to a three year term. The next time you see him please warmly greet him with the words: “Christ Is Counting On You!”b> We are truly blessed to hear Nick’s “YES” to serve Christ within OC Cursillo.
Nick lived his Cursillo Weekend #459 in October 2006. In that short time he has truly excelled already serving as rector twice! The first time was for Cursillo #523 in October 2010 and then he served as rector again in Dublin, Ireland in March 2012! Nick is the only person I know who has served as rector in both North America and Europe. Nick Williams has just completed four years as a member of the secretariat serving as our treasurer. When asked his favorite thing about Cursillo his response was “Its transformative power in people’s lives…”
I’m counting on Christ, are you?
Gary Gordon, Lay Director, 2011 - 2014
The Deacon’s Beacon
I was talking to some Cursillistas about the importance of grouping and it brought to mind a story I would like to share with all of you. Consider the image of geese flying across a beautiful blue sky in a V-shaped formation. Have you ever noticed that there is one goose that sways back and forth at the rear of the group. This goose almost looks like it is undecided as she turns a little left and then a little right, not in straight formation with the rest of the flock. The reason being that this goose is monitoring the flock to see if any of the other geese are having difficulty keeping up, getting tired, or even looking as if they want to give up. If one goose in the formation falls behind or loses team, the goose in the rear flies below this weakened goose, adjusting the air current to lift its wings and help it fly. Eventually, the other geese notice and join together to keep the tired goose moving forward toward their destination.
Groupies also join together to assist each other moving forward so no one loses steam or become discouraged. We need to fly together to bring the “good news” of Jesus to our families and to our world.
The National Cursillo Encounter
Registration is now open:
The fee has been reduced by $50 this year.
While you are on the National website, be sure to visit the "Resouce Center" and listen to rollos from last year's encounter. The talks are excellent.
Click here for Farewell To Marywood -- a poem by Gary Murray