The National Cursillo Movement developed a process of service to assist all Cursillistas to fulfill the desire to " MAKE A FRIEND, BE A FRIEND AND BRING A FRIEND TO CHRIST". Diocesan/Archdiocesan leaders oversee all aspects of the local Cursillo Movements and provide the immediate service to the Cursillistas. Regional leaders assist, communicate and support the service of these diocesan/archdiocesan Cursillo leaders. National leaders assist, communicate and support the service of these regional leaders
Region VIII Coordinators lead their respective language groups’ Region VIII Secretariats which are comprised of the Lay Directors and Spiritual Advisors of the affiliated diocesan movements in those languages. The purpose of each Region VIII Secretariat is to:
a. Determine the educational needs for the various diocesan Cursillo Movements within Region VIII.
b. Determine the educational needs for those attending Region VIII encounters, meetings and other functions.
c. Encourage the Region Service Teams to promote nationally recognized workshops throughout the region.
d. Provide an atmosphere for open sharing among the various diocesan/archdiocesan Cursillo leaders, i.e. Lay Directors should meet with other Lay Directors and Spiritual Advisors should meet with other Spiritual Advisors.
e. Help ensure proper communication between the Region VIII leaders and the Cursillistas within the diocesan/archdiocesan Cursillo Movements of the region.
f. Review Region VIII Service Team candidate applications in order to determine the best-qualified individuals selected to service the entire region.
g. Select the Region VIII Service Team members who will serve the dioceses of the region.
h. When selecting the Region VIII Service Team members, ensure that a proper balance of leadership is maintained throughout the entire region.
i. Review and discuss correspondence from the National Cursillo Center, the National Cursillo staff, and the Region VIII leaders.
j. Maintain a proper set of Region VIII Bylaws and a Region VIII Pastoral Plan.
k. Provide necessary finances to allow for the work of Region VIII. The Region VIII Secretariats establish, by a 2/3 majority of those present and voting, an amount of support to be contributed by affiliated diocesan Secretariats in the various language groups. The amount of these Region VIII Affiliation Fees may be altered periodically, also by a 2/3-majority vote.
l. Take measures to correct the deficiencies of Region VIII leaders who are not performing their duties, or relieve them of those duties if corrections are not made.
The Region VIII English, Spanish and Vietnamese language Secretariats meet a least twice a year.
In the event that a Lay Director or Spiritual Advisor of an affiliated diocesan/archdiocesan Movement is unable to attend a Region VIII Secretariat meeting, they may send a proxy to assume their duties.
a. Only a lay person shall serve as proxy for the Lay Director.
b. Only a priest, deacon or vowed-religious shall serve as proxy for the Spiritual Advisor.
c. The respective language group Region VIII Coordinator should be notified prior to the meeting of any proxies for the upcoming meeting.
The English, Spanish and Vietnamese language Region VIII Service Teams should each include a Spiritual Advisor. The Spiritual Advisor will be selected by the respective Region VIII Coordinator with the approval of the Regional Episcopal Advisor. The qualifications for each Region VIII Service Team Spiritual Advisor should include, but not be limited to:
a. Involved in the Cursillo Movement at the diocesan/archdiocesan level.
b. Understand the basic principles of the Cursillo Movement.
c. Support the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
d. Support the efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
e. Support and promote all authentic aspects of the Cursillo Movement as indicated in literature approved by the National Cursillo Secretariat.
f. Be outgoing, loving and have experience and knowledge in, and of, the Cursillo Movement.
g. Be approved by his/her local Ordinary to serve in this capacity.
Region VIII Service Team Spiritual Advisors will provide assistance to the Diocesan Spiritual Advisors (within their language group) in the form of workshops, etc.
The term of the Region VIII Service Team Spiritual Advisors shall be three years, renewable.
The English, Vietnamese and Spanish language Region VIII Spiritual Advisors and Service Team members select their respective Region VIII Coordinators.
Anyone being selected must be a current member of their respective language group Service Team, and must have served at least one year in their present term on the Service Team.
Those being considered must be contacted prior to the meeting and must have agreed to serve as Region VIII Coordinator for a term of three years.
Each Region VIII Coordinator must also agree to serve as a member of the National Cursillo Secretariat during the same three-year period. Each Region VIII Coordinator should meet with their Service Team members at least twice a year to ensure that their language group of Cursillo in Region VIII is being served.
Because of the need to continue to develop leadership at high level positions, an ex-Region VIII Coordinator may not hold a Regional office for a period of five years immediately following the completion of his or her three-year term.
Each English, Vietnamese and Spanish language Region VIII Coordinator should have a Service Team of three members to assist in the work of serving the affiliated Diocesan/Archdiocesan Cursillo Secretariats. These Service Team members, while not members of the Region VIII Coordinating Group, are considered associate members and should attend Region VIII Coordinating Group meetings, Region VIII Cursillo Encounters and other Region VIII events, National Cursillo Encounters and other National Cursillo events.
Each English, Vietnamese and Spanish language Region VIII Coordinator should provide the National Cursillo Center with the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses (if available) of their Service Team members in order to be listed in the National Directory. This is necessary in order for the Service Team members to receive National Mailings.
Qualifications for the Region VIII Service Team members should include, but not be limited to:
a. Be a regular member of a Permanent Group Reunion.
b. Understand the basic principles of the Cursillo Movement.
c. Make the Cursillo Movement their primary apostolate.
d. Have an understanding of the knowledge contained in the official Cursillo literature, especially the Fundamental Ideas of the Cursillo Movement.
e. Participate in regular Spiritual Direction.
f. Support and promote all authentic aspects of the Cursillo Movement as indicated in literature approved by the National Cursillo Secretariat.
g. Work as leaders at the local Ultreya.
h. Be a regular member at the local School of Leaders.
i. Have experience working on Cursillo Weekends and giving at least two different presentations.
j. Be outgoing, loving and have experience and knowledge in, and of, the Cursillo Movement.
k. Have the recommendation and approval of his/her diocesan Cursillo Secretariat. Note: If a candidate for membership on a Region VIII Service Team is also a member of a diocesan/archdiocesan Cursillo Secretariat, then that person will seek to be replaced at the diocesan level if they are selected to be a member of a Region VIII Service Team.
The term for a Region VIII Service Team member is four years. Once a member completes his/her term, he/she may not serve in this capacity for a minimum of one year. This fosters other potential leaders within Region VIII.
The Region VIII Coordinating Group is comprised of the Regional Spiritual Advisor and the English, Vietnamese and Spanish language group Coordinators. English, Vietnamese and Spanish language Region VIII Service Team members are associate members and invited to participate in meetings. This body meets twice a year to ensure that the contents of the Region VIII gatherings are meaningful and the needs of the Region are met.
The information about Region VIII presented here is based on the current edition of the “Regional Structure Guidelines for the United State Cursillo Movement.”