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Cursillo Movement celebrates 50 years in South Korea

Since 1967, the lay movement has trained some 200,000 South Korean members

Cursillo Movement celebrates 50 years in South Korea

Auxiliary Bishop Benedict Son of Seoul presides over the golden jubilee Mass for the Cursillio Movement in Korea on Oct. 28 at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Olympic Park, Seoul. (Photo by The Catholic Times)

November 2, 2017

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The Cursillo Movement recently celebrated the golden jubilee of its presence in South Korea with local members affirming their dedication to renewing the church and the spreading of Christian values.

Some 4,700 'Cursillistas' attended a 'Ultreya' gathering at a gymnasium in Seoul's Olympic Park on Oct. 28 where the jubilee was celebrated.

The event organized by Seoul Archdiocese included a Mass.

During the Mass homily, Auxiliary Bishop Benedict Son Hee-song of Seoul urged the Cursillistas to be activists spreading the message of the Gospel.

"Cursillistas need to be fishermen of souls. By listening first, being humble and giving thanks, we should be more mature Catholics for God," said Bishop Son.

The Cursillio Movement came to Korea in 1967 with a Cursillio first being held at a parish in Seoul Archdiocese. The movement spread to all dioceses within four years and in 1970, the first national level Ultreya was held.

The Cursillo Movement was founded in Mallorca, Spain by a group of laymen in 1944. It aims to train laypeople to be effective Christian leaders.

So far, the movement in South Korea has trained some 200,000 Cursillistas.

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