"Ultreya" is a Spanish word which means “Onward!” It was commonly used by pilgrims to greet and to encourage one another along the way. In our Twin Cities Cursillo community, we have Ultreyas which meet monthly. The purpose of the Ultreya is to keep the spirit and friendship of the Cursillo ongoing. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together in an attitude of progressive conversion, united in one faith, one Lord and one baptism. It may also serve as an opportunity to help those who may not have joined a permanent weekly Cursillo group.
From our experience, we have a special love for the people of our North Ultreya. We started attending Ultreya at the first opportunity after we lived our Cursillo weekend in the spring of 1994. Over a period of time, we began forming new friendships with the people we met at Ultreya. When you group at Ultreya or in your small group, you make connections with people in a way that is deeper than the friendships that you have in other areas of your life. This is due to the shared faith that we have in Jesus Christ and the fact that we who live the Cursillo method, strive to be intentional in living out our Christian faith.
We have been motivated by the witnesses we have heard at Ultreya. Some of the witnesses have called us to grow deeper in our faith. Other witnesses have challenged us to increase our prayer life. Sometimes people have shared their struggles and how they have gotten through some very challenging times. This type of witness has provided us with opportunities to hear of others’ need for prayer and to hold these people up in prayer. Several years ago, North Ultreya and Cursillistas from a neighboring Lutheran church joined together for an interfaith Ultreya and potluck. For many years, we alternated between the two host locations for this once a year event. It was beautiful that our different faith traditions which share the core belief in the death and resurrection of our Lord could come together as one community.
During the past two years, we have visited several of the various English speaking Ultreyas. We have enjoyed each of these Ultreyas because it has provided us with an opportunity to meet other Curillistas and to visit with people that we have met over the years as a result of working Cursillo weekends or meeting them at previous Cursillo events. We would encourage each of you to do the same. Visit another Ultreya. The dates and locations are listed in the Kindling and on the website https://tc-cursillo.org/Ultreya-Meeting-Times
Speaking of Ultreyas, when was the last time you attended an Ultreya? If it has been a while, we would encourage you to attend any Ultreya. We need each other. Ultreyas are a great place to come together, united in faith and purpose. You may be missing out on some great friendships if you pass up this opportunity.
Yours in Christ,
Diane and Tom Repucci