Guam Cursillo Movement 51st Men’s Weekend graduates nine

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The brothers of the Cursillo Movement, both weekend graduates and service staff, pose for a photo with Archbishop Byrnes; from left to right at the front row: Adam Perez, retreat rector Chris Diego, graduate Nicholas Martinez, graduate Alfred Rivera, graduate Christopher Diego, graduate Eddie Adachi, graduate Jaren Cruz, and graduate Ryan Chargualaf; at the back row: James Terbio, Patrick Chin, Jason Lujan, Cody Diego, Deacon Steve Martinez, GCM spiritual director Father Joel Delos Reyes, Archbishop Michael Byrnes, Eugene.

For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

From Friday to Monday, May 24-27, the Guam Cursillo Movement hosted a Men’s Weekend at the Malojloj Retreat Center for Catholic men between the ages of 18 and 60. This 51st Men’s Retreat Weekend had nine participating in the three days and two nights of prayer along with other activities designed to produce leaders in the Catholic community. The Guam Cursillo Movement will next host their Women’s Weekend from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.

The Guam Cursillo Movement is a member of a worldwide movement of the Roman Catholic Church under the Archdiocese of Agaña. The movement teaches the foundations for living a Christian life wherein one’s spirituality may be developed and shared. The three-day weekend experience is a joyous introduction into a supportive and growing community of friends in Christ… Men and women who are working to bring Christ into their everyday life. The Cursillo method supports living a life in union with Christ and desires to bring others in our community closer to Christ.

Posing for a photo with, from left to right, seated: Deacon Steve Martinez, GCM spiritual director Father Joel Delos Reyes, and retreat rector Chris Diego; are the new weekend graduate brothers of the Cursillo Movement, standing: Jaren Cruz, Eddie Adachi, Alfred Rivera, Norman Aguilar, Richard Meno, Nicholas Martinez, Kafner Machutaro, Ryan Charfauros, and Christopher Diego.

In the late 1940s, the first Cursillo was born and the Movement began. In its worldwide efforts and with the grace of God, in 1968, a group of Cursillistas from the Philippines brought the gift of this movement to the shores of Guam and with a cordial welcome by diocesan Bishop Felixberto Flores, the first weekend retreat for Men was established on Aug. 15, 1968. The first weekend retreat for Women was also held that same year.

Today, our island has witnessed 51 weekend retreats for men and 43 retreats for women. We have also reached out to our brothers and sisters in Saipan and the Federated States of Micronesia. Guam is part of the Asia Pacific Region, which holds Cursillo Encounters periodically.

Information and photo provided by the Guam Cursillo Movement. Find out more by emailing GuamCursilloMovement@gmail.com or contact James Terbio at 787-2478.