When I first lived my own Cursillo weekend 18 years ago in November of 2001, I never imagined that I would be asked to be the Rector for a Cursillo Weekend. Yet there I was in July, at Saint Joseph's in Rosemount, as the Rector for Weekend 373. As you can expect, it was an amazing experience for me! I had a hard time keeping my emotions intact, and every night I prayed for the strength to keep my composure. It worked right up to my final talk on Sunday afternoon, but by that time, I was ready to let the Spirit (and tears) flow out of me! The weekend didn't come without challenges, as we were close to cancelling the Men's Weekend due to a lack of candidates. However, once again (as always) the Holy Spirit prevailed, and we had 6 wonderful Candidates attend the weekend. The age range of the 6 Candidates was from 24 to 73, proving that Cursillo is for the young and the old. This vast difference in age made for many humorous stories and anecdotes throughout the entire weekend.
I believe the success of the weekend is a direct result of the dedication and Christ like love of the entire Men's Team. The Rollo Team was full of "All-Stars", with most of them being prior Rectors. The Spiritual Directors were so down-to-earth with their talks and we all learned some great lessons, even though we have heard these talks many times before. The Kitchen and Palanca Teams had several members who had just lived the previous Cursillo Weekend in February. Throughout the weekend, thanks in part to the small number of Candidates, all of the Team Members and Candidates had a chance to really get to know each other both on a personal and Spiritual level. We all started out as strangers, but we definitely finished the weekend as true friends and Brothers in Christ. I will never forget this experience as the Rector for Weekend 373, as it gave me another 18-year tune-up for my Cursillo life.