The last weekend in July saw twenty Cursillistas gather at Shallowford House to learn more about Cursillo.
Shallowford House is in Staffordshire and is the retreat house and ministry training centre belonging to the Diocese of Lichfield. We were comfortably accommodated and well fed during our stay which extended from early Friday evening until after lunch on Sunday afternoon.
Cursillistas from Sheffield, Leicester, York, Southwark, Norwich, Peterborough, Leeds, Bristol and Scotland were present. Various members of Diocesan Secretariats and Observing Lay Rectors as well as Spiritual directors and advisors were represented. Our training team consisted of Trevor King, National President, Rev. Dr. Judy Craig-Peck, CLW leader and Rev. Duncan McCosh, Spiritual Director, Cursillo Scotland.
It was emphasised that a CLW is not a re-run of our Cursillo Weekend although we were presented with several “long boring talks”, meditations and group discussions. Shallowford features a lovely quiet chapel in which morning and evening worship took place and delegates were encouraged to take part in readings and intercessions.
During the weekend we discussed a wide range of topics relevant to Cursillo as a whole and during discussion groups following the talks, topics of specific interest were introduced and debated. We are pleased to report that following on from previous attendances at CLW by NAC members, we were able to offer advice on some topics when appropriate. We will of course make a detailed report to Secretariat.
We are confident that everyone has returned to their homes inspired and fired with ideas to re-invigorate their particular Cursillo.
CLW weekends are held regularly and we are sure that our Secretariat will encourage attendance at a CLW for anyone who holds office or will be doing so in the near future. Get in touch with Peter or Rev Jane if you think you would benefit from the teaching on offer.
Next CLW Weekends will be held as follows:
20th to 22nd October 2017 at Shallowford House, Staffordshire
23rd to 25th March 2018 at Shepherds Dene, Riding Mill, Northumberland.
28th to 30th September 2018 at Purely Chase, Atherstone, Warwickshire.
Further information may be had from Paul Thacker on Tel. (01284) 850384 or Bill Rout on (01953) 454400