Our Movement, a gift of the Holy spirit to the Church, developed after a series of events. During an address given in Rome on Feb. 6, 1940, Pope Pious XII acknowledged that there were a great number of people who had moved away from living a Christian life. he challenged the Church leaders to make every effort possible to help people return to their Christian values. The reading of this address, along with Eduardo Bonnín´s initiative, inspired the founders to carry out a through and deep study of the current situation and atmosphere in a more serious and systematic approach. The plan was to win the environment and transform it to Christ.
In 1941 the top council for young people in Catholic in Action gathered 100,00, young men who lived in God´s grace for a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. In preparing for the pilgrimage it was determined the need for some curses to help train the pilgrimage leaders, these were 1 week long delivered twice a year. Faced with the fact that in everyday life most people don´t have an entire week to interrupt their activities, Eduardo created a method of 3 complete days, known today as "Cursillos in Christianity".
The first and most formative period in our history extend from the first Cursillo (Aug. 20-23, 1944), in a chaler at Calá Figuera of Sananyí, Majorca, Spain., to the solemn affirmation by Bp. Juan Hervás during the 11° diocesan assembly in 1949.
The first Cursillo in the USA was held in Waco, TX, in 1957. The key figures at its beginning were two airmen from Spain, Bernardo Vadell and Agustín Palomino, who were training with the USA Air Force and Fr. Gabriel Fernández (he experienced the Cursillo in Spain under the direction of Fr. Juan Capó and Eduardo Bonnín), By late 1957 these same airmen had put on the 1st weekend in Mission, TX. In 1958 they started a center in Laredo, TX, and right away the Movement was introduced in Corpus Christi, TX.
In 1959 the Movement spread through TX and to Phoenix, AZ; in August of the same year the 1st National convention was held. In 1960 the growth of the Movement accelerated in the Southwest and Weekends were held for the first time in the East in NY City and Lorain, OH. Until 1961 all the Weekends were held in Spanish, that year the 1st English-speaking Weekend was held in San Angelo, TX, and San Francisco, CA, then in 1962 in IN, MI, NM and expanded to 13 cities in different states including Yakima, WA. By 1981 all the 160 US dioceses had introduced the Cursillo Movement.
The first step in the process for Beatification and Canonization of Eduardo began in Mallorca, Spain on February 5, 2015.
The National Secretariat invites all to join them in prayer for Eduardo’s canonization into the Sainthood of the Church.