Cursillo #150 Postponed

Candy Newman

Dear Beloved Members of our Cherished Cursillo Community,

With a heart weighed down by the responsibility we hold for this beloved ministry, I must share with you some difficult news. It is with a sense of regret that we find it necessary to postpone the upcoming June Cursillo weekend. This decision comes as a result of our careful consideration and the acknowledgment of the challenges we currently face.

Regrettably, the number of Pilgrims willing and able to participate in the June weekend falls short of what is needed to ensure a meaningful and enriching experience for all involved. The Secretariat, in their wisdom and commitment to the essence of Cursillo, has deliberated extensively on this matter. We recognize that the timing of this weekend, coming so soon after Cursillo #149 held in January, may have contributed to this shortfall. As stewards of this sacred ministry, it is our duty to ensure that each Cursillo experience is imbued with the depth, breadth, and spirit it deserves.

In light of this decision, the Secretariat will convene in May to explore and discuss the frequency and scheduling of future weekends. Our aim is to discern, in prayerful contemplation, the most optimal approach that aligns with God’s will for this ministry. We fervently believe that these Pilgrims are entrusted to us by the Divine, and that His timing is always perfect, even when it leads us down unexpected paths.

In these moments of reflection and discernment, we humbly ask for your continued prayers and unwavering support. Your steadfast faith and dedication are the cornerstone of our community, and together, we will navigate through this period of transition with grace and resilience.

With deepest gratitude for your understanding and solidarity,

In His Love,
Candy Newman
Lay Director
Cursillo Episcopal Diocese of SWFL

Message From #150 Rector Annie Hunter

Annie Hunter


It’s hard to believe that we are less than 2 months from Cursillo weekend #150 and we still need our greater community support to make this momentous occasion happen.

We’ve made some headway in filling our Team, but we still need more help in completing God’s needs for his weekend. Currently our Team roster is at 25, but we are still short by eleven.

It would be wonderful if we could see so many of you who have recently attended a Cursillo weekend as a Pilgrim! It is such a joy to watch God’s work in his Pilgrim’s from a different perspective.  If you need assistance with a Team application, please visit see the Team Applications Here and the Pilgrim Application Here, Or ask a member of your Cursillo community at church for assistance or you can speak with your sponsor.

At the moment, we are waiting for more Pilgrim applications. Without these, we will not be able to have Cursillo #150. Please speak with any potential candidates who have expressed an interest in attending a Cursillo weekend even if this is in the future.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free contact me


Annie Hunter

Rector Cursillo #150

1811 Ft. Duquesna Drive

Sun City Center, FL 33573


Christ is Counting on You, and So Am I

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Christ is counting on you and so am I!

Do you remember your time as Pilgrims attending a Cursillo weekend where so many of our lives were forever changed? We came home to families and friends filled with the Holy Spirit,
and on fire to serve God wherever, and whenever, he called us.

After attending Cursillo #114 in 2008, I had a wonderful conversation with a fellow Cursillista Connie Keister. It’s been a while, and we admitted our recollections about that call may remain
lost forever with one exception – God gave us each of a personal mantra that we live by. “God will lead you where he needs you”! This became the theme for Weekend 150. In the Bible, many people came to Jesus through the actions of God. Leading each of them to a life of service sharing the news of Jesus through kindness, love and healing.

There are so many places in the Bible where people were lead to Christ, for his reasons, not for theirs. This became apparent when after attending a Cursillo weekends so many of us returned home, pouring into a life of service to Christ in ways previously unimaginable.

Won’t you please assist us in providing that Cursillo opportunity for others who have not experienced a Cursillo weekend? We need your help by filling both Team and Pilgrim openings.

Currently, we have accepted 8 applicants for Team and 8 Pilgrims for Cursillo 150. Additionally, there are a number of jobs on the weekend which do not require a great deal of physicality but bring great rewards to our Pilgrims.

Annie Hunter

Please prayerfully consider helping Gods Cursillo150 weekend to be a great success by submitting Team and Pilgrim applications to my address below.

Annie Hunter
Rector Cursillo#150
1811 Ft. Duquesna Drive
Sun City Center, FL 33573

Download Team Application Here

Download Pilgrim Application Here

Special Announcement in Cursillo Leadership

Greetings from the Secretariat:

 I hope this message finds you well and blessed. The Secretariat would like to share some significant updates regarding recent changes within our leadership.

 As of Saturday, February 17, 2024, Dorothy Lowrie has resigned from her role as Lay Director to prioritize her health and engage in rehabilitation. We are grateful for Dorothy’s unwavering dedication and commendable efforts in rebuilding our ministry post-COVID. Her contributions have been invaluable, and she will be sincerely missed.

 In light of these changes, the Secretariat has elected Candy Newman as the new Lay Director to complete the remaining term, which concludes in September. We extend our gratitude to Candy for accepting this responsibility and are confident in her ability to lead.

 Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of the Secretariat. We appreciate your understanding and support during this transition.


Candy Newman


  • Rev. Mario Castro
  • Rev. Brian O’Carroll
  • Sally Allen
  • Russell Tuff
  • Jan DiUlio
  • Ron Joy
  • Rev. Marcella Drawdy

December 2023 Update

Dorothy Lowrie

Dear Cursillo Community of SW Florida,

I trust this message finds you well and filled with the joy of the Cursillo spirit. As the Lay Director, I am delighted to share some exciting updates regarding our journey together in 2023.

Success in Rebuilding the Cursillo Ministry:
The year 2023 was a resounding success in rebuilding the foundations of the Cursillo Ministry. We have worked tirelessly to restore and strengthen our community, and we are now building on the momentum gained during the past year.

Reunions in the North and South:
We held two reunions, one in the north and one in the south, bringing our community together to celebrate our shared commitment to the Cursillo movement. Bishop Scharf graced both gatherings, sharing his inspiring vision for the future of our ministry.

Three Weekends with 44 Pilgrims:
In the spirit of renewal and transformation, we conducted three weekends with a total of 44 pilgrims. These weekends were filled with spiritual growth, fellowship, and a deepening sense of community.

Excitement within the Secretariat:
The Secretariat is enthusiastic about the journey ahead and is looking forward to collaborative efforts that will continue to strengthen our community. Together, we can achieve great things for the glory of God and the flourishing of the Cursillo Ministry.

Pilgrim and Team Applications:
As we embark on this exciting phase of our journey, we invite you to explore opportunities to participate further. Pilgrim and team applications are now open, and we encourage everyone to visit our website for more information and to submit applications.

Please check our website regularly for updates and announcements. Your active participation and support are vital to the success of the Cursillo Ministry in SW Florida.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the Cursillo movement. Let us continue to walk together on this transformative journey, spreading the love and grace of Christ.


Dorothy Lowrie
Lay Director, Cursillo of SW Florida

A Message from Susan O’Carroll #149

Susan O’Carroll

Dear Cursillo Community!

Many blessings to you all. My name is Susan O’Carroll, I attended Cursillo weekend #98, in September of 2001 in the Diocese of Southwest Florida and I sat at the table of St. Mary. I worship at Holy Innocents’ in Valrico.  I am looking forward to serving as the next Rectora for Weekend #149, Come to the Table, February 29 – March 3rd at DaySpring.

I have been a part of this diocese for over twenty-five years, called to serve in youth and children’s ministries (diocesan and parish), Cursillo, parish leadership and as a clergy spouse. The theme for the weekend is Come to the Table with the verse, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”  Matthew 18:20(ESV) When I was praying about the theme for this weekend, I heard the Lord speak to my heart, gather my people at my table. James 4:8a says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” As I sat in prayer, I was reminded of the years of ministry around our dining room table and fellowship with family and friends both old and new. Many of these conversations were about Jesus and I could see the parallel to the Lord’s Table and as we gathered not just on Sundays, but in the mission field, at shut-ins’ homes and at the bedsides in hospitals. The sizes of those groups varied; however, Jesus was present in all of them. Then one Sunday before service I was looking at the index in Wonder Love and Praise and found Hymn 763, “As we Gather at Your Table”, as I read the words, they were a reminder to prepare our hearts and a call to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I encourage you to join me in prayer and discernment for the Cursillo movement in our diocese and for weekend #149. This is a time of great excitement as we rebuild this ministry of support, and renewal for leadership. Please pray with me to see where God is calling you to serve; as part of leadership, team, or working with your priest to sponsor a pilgrim or energizing your parish Cursillo Community.

Applications can be found on the website along with Ultreya and the Reunion Gathering in November, or you can email me at

In Christ,

Susan O’Carroll

Rectora #149

Cursillo Reunion for Southwest Florida – Naples Location

Join Us SW Florida – In Naples at Trinity By The Cove

The SW Florida Secretariat for an exciting day of food, fellowship and music on Saturday, November 4th from 11 am to 2 pm. Cursillo Musicians! Bring your instruments, your voices, and your enthusiasm. Enjoy the beautiful church, the waterfront setting and the joy that will come from attending.

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