Blue Ridge Cursillo


Brenda Holtzlander (OLPH), Lay Director, Blue Ridge Cursillo Center, 540-389-0128, email
 Vicky Rowland (OLPH), Applications, Treasurer, 540-761-0498, email


The Cursillo is an encounter with Christ and promotes a spiritual revitalization of our world. The transference of Christ's values to others in our church, family, school, workplace, etc. is the Christianization that Cursillo promotes in our daily environment. Cursillo develops in adult Christians a consciousness of their power and mission to become leaders in the work of Christian renewal, while sustaining them through Christian community.

The full name for Cursillo is "Cursillo de Christiandad". Cursillo, started in Majorca, Spain in the 1940's, and is an international movement of the laity within the Catholic Church. The word "Cursillo" means "little lesson". The full name of the Movement, Cursillo de Christiandad, translates into English as "little lesson in Christian living". The founders were dedicated in helping Catholics to know Christ better. Their intention, then and now, was to give the laity a renewed spirituality and a clearer understanding of how Christ can work through them.

The Movement came to the United States in 1957 with a Cursillo weekend held in Waco, Texas, and was conducted entirely in Spanish. The Cursillo Movement and its Method have been endorsed by the Catholic Church.

The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are an integral part of the Catholic Cursillo.

Click to download a short introduction to Cursillo (PDF) that you can share with your friends. Or print a double-sided Brochure to share.  

Blue Ridge Center Ultreyas

Are you interested in moving "onward" with your Christian journey? If you have attended a men's or women's Cursillo weekend or know someone who might be interested in knowing more about Cursillo, please join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church. Social starts at 6:30 PM. For more information, please call Brenda Holtzlander, (540-389-0128). Lynchburg Ultreya is held 4th Monday of the month, at St. Thomas More Church.  Social starts at  6:30 PM, followed by Ultreya at 7 PM. Contact is Patti Dugger, (434-610-8455).

Upcoming Weekends

Cursillo is an "Encounter with Christ". If you desire to grow deeper in your faith and become a stronger part of a supportive Christian community, then consider spending a weekend with a group of men or women willing to share their faith and give you helpful tools to keep your faith alive and growing. Click on the following link to download a Men's application, download a Women's application.  For more information about weekends, please contact Vicky Rowland (540-761-0498) or Brenda Holtzlander (540-389-0128) [email protected] 

Donations may be made payable to:

Blue Ridge Cursillo  c/o Vicky Rowland
654 Augusta Ave.
Vinton, VA 24179

Blue Ridge Center Church Contact Directory

Rita Harris (OLN); 540-774-0666 email             

Shirlee Schiavoni (St. Andrew); 540-798-1932 email

Len Rogers (St Victoria) 434-367-4641  email

Eileen Brennan (Our Lady of Peace) 434-660-3721 email 

Terrie Stone (Sacred Heart) 434-549-3037 email 

Patti Dugger (St Thomas More) 434 610-8455 email

Denyse Rothe (Transfiguration) 540 969-5888 email

Cursillo Links


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