Sponsorship- what is involved?

Application and Sponsor Form

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Responsibilities of Sponsorship

Eduardo Bonnin, one the lay founders of the Cursillo Movement said, “Cursillos are held…not so that there will be a large number of cursillistas…but to have living and active Christians.”  “The Cursillo Movement is a movement of the Church which, by means of its method, makes possible for people to live what is fundamental for being a Christian. By living it with others, it helps people discover and fulfill their personal vocations. The Cursillo Movement promotes the creation of core groups of Christians who leaven their environments with the Gospel”.

Knowing the purpose of the Cursillo Movement, one can then focus on the purpose of sponsoring. The purpose of sponsoring is to bring about a change in the environments.  Sponsoring is not a haphazard circumstance. It should be a deliberate act to bring Jesus Christ into the world. Therefore, sponsors should know the candidates very well. If they are married, you should know their spouse also. The candidates will become the agent for change in their families, work situations, neighborhoods, social gatherings, etc.

Sponsors should

  • Understand the goal of the Cursillo Movement and their responsibility as sponsors by reading the Sponsor’s Booklet.
  • Know that potential candidates fall into three categories 1) those who ought to go,  2) those who can go and  3) those who cannot or should not go.
  • Know the candidate as well as possible and pray for direction from the Holy Spirit. Remember to speak to God about others before speaking to others about God.
  • Know information about the candidate. Information like marital status, number of children, parish that the candidate attends, specific environments that the candidate is immersed in. In addition, the candidate must be a baptized, practicing Catholic who is able to participate in the Sacraments of Church; should be able to make decisions as an individual and should be open to participate in Post Cursillo programs.
    There is one more thing that a sponsor should do before the Cursillo weekend. Make sure that the candidate has read the booklet entitled The Cursillo Movement – What Is It?

The PreCursillo/Sponsorship is probably the least understood part of the Cursillo method, yet in terms of evangelizing environments, it is the most important element of the method. It can be said that our Post Cursillo will only be as good as PreCursillo.

Process to sponsor a candidate:

Below is a simple, general process to follow for sponsoring a candidate in Cursillo.


You can obtain a copy by contacting a member of the Secretariat,
See the website for
(Secretariat contact information) 


About a prospective candidate, talk to your friend about Cursillo and give them a copy of the introduction to Cursillo to read.

Follow up to discuss the introduction sheet and gauge interest.


If you decide to proceed, obtain a copy of “The Cursillo Movement – What Is It”?  Booklet from a member of the Secretariat.

Read the booklet, give it to your friend, and tell them to read it. Follow up with your friend to discuss the booklet and answer any questions.


NOW invite them to attend a Cursillo weekend.  If they say yes, obtain an application by clicking below:

Click here for: ===> Candidate Application and Sponsor Form from Pre-Cursillo and give it to your friend. Tell them to fill out the application completely and return it to you with their deposit.

Submit their application and deposit along with your completed sponsor form to:

Covington Cursillo Movement, c/o Jean Cate,  57 Southview,  Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

This completes the initial step for sponsorship, but not the sponsor’s responsibility.

The responsibility of a sponsor is much more than just delivering their candidates to the doors of the Cursillo center.  Sponsors should discuss the weekend with their candidates and assure them that they may ask any questions and will be told anything they want to know about the weekend.  Sponsors also need to provide support and prayer for their candidate during the Cursillo weekend and, most importantly, nurture their friendship throughout the new Cursillista’s Fourth Day.




A palanca letter is one that is sent to the candidates and team, informing them of the prayers and sacrifices that you are offering to God on their behalf.  A letter may be sent explaining what type of palanca is being offered, but the letter is NOT the palanca.  The actual palanca is the action – intercessory prayer, sacrifice, or works of mercy, and it can be done without writing a letter.

If you are doing Palanca for someone on a weekend and would like to let them know by sending them a Palanca note by Email click: ==> Palanca Email

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Is financial help available?

YES,  We do not want anyone to miss out on a life changing weekend because of an inability to cover the cost of the weekend.

HOW DO I GET HELP?  Sponsors or candidates can contact the Coordinator of the weekend, or you can get in touch with the Secretariat directly (see the directory for contact information).  We have funds available and we as a community do not want anyone to miss out on the weekend.  All information regarding scholarship usage is kept totally confidential.