Toowoomba West - St Augustine's
June 10th 2023
Theme: God is Everywhere
36 people attended in person and 16 on ZOOM. People gathered for byo lunch in the hall before moving into the Church for the Ultreya
Barbara Skillington was the witness speaker and she told us how earliest remembrance of her faith would be going to church with her elder sister
as a Brownie and church parades. She told us of how she moved around for work and got involved with Guiding, GFS, Mother's Union and the church wherever she was. Barbara related that there are no outstanding moments in her life but she knows that God has been with her when times got difficult. No matter where she have been, there God has been.
Bundaberg West - Church of the Good Shepperd
April 29th 2023
62 people attended the Bundaberg West Ultreya including 2 non cursillistas . People gathered for byo lunch in the hall and by the sound of the chatter, many friendships were renewed of formed.
Christine O'Brien was the witness speaker and she told us how her Cursillo experience deepened her faith and helped her in her service in the church and religious instruction. Greg Blundell gave a reflection on Philippians 4:4-9 reminding us that we can rejoice in the Lord always, even when going through tough times. If we start to worry about something, then this leads us to prayer. All who attended were truly inspired by his talk. Thanks Christine and Greg. After the Ultreya an afternoon tea and fellowship was enjoyed.
Diocesan - St Matthew's Sherwood
November 19th 2022
Theme: Called Out of the Boat
About 71 people attended in person and about 10 Zoomed in Online to the DIocesan Ultreya. Sherwood Parish provided a tour of their stained glass windows and put on a lovely Sausage Sizzle for those in attendance.
Wayne Elliot was the witness speaker. Wayne's Cursillo experience and faith helped him face a cancer diagnosis. All who attended were truly inspired by his talk and Bishop Cam's Spiritual Response. Thanks Wayne. After the Ultreya an afternoon tea and fellowship was enjoyed.
October 8th 2022
Theme: Stop, Listen and Follow Him
About 36 people attended in person to the Peninsula Ultreya hosted at teh Church of the Risen Christ Deception Bay in the Freshwater Parish. Before the Ultreya lunch and fellowship was enjoyed.
The witness speaker, Gayle Carroll told her story about how she was teased a child and lost her mother at 19. She drifted away from the church after her divorce but when she met Allan, her faith was revived. All who attended were inspired by her talk. Thanks Gayle. After the Ultreya we chatted over a magnificient Afternoon Tea.
July 30th 2022
Theme: Companions on a Jurney
Nearly 50 people attended in person to the Maroochydore Ultreya hosted at St Peters Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. Before the Ultreya lunch and fellowship was enjoyed.
The witness speaker, Kay Macklin told her story about how she had a life threatening illness but saved by God. She had to move residence times in the past 2 years and was suprted by fellow cursillistas through her rehab, putting her trust in God. We also got to here her drumming "We Will, We WIll Praise You" All who attended were truly inspired by her talk. Thanks Kay. After the Ultreya we chatted over a magnificient Afternoon Tea.
July 2nd 2022
Theme: Beauty in Brokenness
About 30 people attended in person to the Bayside Ultreya hosted at All Saints Redland Bay by the parishes of East Redlands, Waterloo Bay, Manly & Wynnum. Before the Ultreya morning tea and fellowship was enjoyed.
The witness speaker, Alison Condon told her story about how she was saved by God during a life threatening illness. All who attended were truly inspired by her talk. Reverend Shan's Spiritual Response told us how we can find God in the Brokenness of our lives. Thanks Alison. After the Ultreya we chatted over byo lunch
Diocesan - St Bart's Mt Gravatt
November 20th 2021
Theme: Curiosity and Transformation
About 60 people attended in person and about 18 Zoomed in Online to the DIocesan Ultreya.
Loretta Tyler-Moss was the witness speaker. Loretta's Cursillo experience was transforming for her. She realised she was not alone. In her fourth day she inspired to move from teaching to a State School Chaplain. A spirit of curiousity was birthed in her about what is God doing, now here with her. All who attended were truly inspired by her talk and Bishop Cam's Spiritual Response. Thanks Loretta. After the Ultreya an afternoon tea and fellowship was enjoyed.
St Augustine's Toowoomba West
June 11th 2022
Theme: Many Gifts One Spirit
About 35 people attended in person and about 10 Zoomed in Online to the Toowoomba West Ultreya.
Karen Audrey was the witness speaker. All who attended were truly inspired by her talk and Reverend Pauline's Spiritual Response. Thanks Karen. After the Ultreya an afternoon tea and fellowship was enjoyed.
October 9th 2021
Theme: From Little Things big things Grow
About 48 people attended in person and about 18 Zoomed in Online to the Peninsula Ultreya.
Ian Fraser was the witness speaker. He recounted his life growing up with one presbytirian parent one Methodist parent. In his teenage years he drifted away from the church. When he came back, Cursillo planted the seed in him that grew him into the Christian he is today. All who attended were truly inspired by his talk and Bishop Bill Ray's Spiritual Response. Thanks Ian. After the Ultreya an afternoon tea and fellowship was enjoyed.
June 12th 2021
Theme: Love is in the Air
About 50 people attended in person and about 18 including 1 from Thailand) Zoomed in Online to the Toowoomba West Ultreya.
Pat Drury was the witness speaker. She recounted her life of service to God through the church and recently had to face cancer in her life but the love of God has sustained and encouraged her through it. All who attended were truly inspired by her talk and Rev Val Hoare's Spiritual Response. Thanks Pat. After the Ultreya an afternoon tea was enjoyed on the Hall.
March 6th 2021
Theme: Plugged in
41 people attended in person and about 18 including 1 from Thailand) zoomed in Online to the Warwick Ultreya.
Sue Cruickshank was the witness speaker. She attended Women's 79 Cursillo weekend at Brookfield in 2019 an recounted what a wonderful experience of God's love it was for her. She has had to face many challenges in her life but the steadfast love of God has sustained and encouraged her through it all. A truly inspirational witness talk. Thanks Sue. After the Ultreya an afternoon tea was enjoyed on the verandah of the old rectory.
November 21st 2020
Theme: ONwards and UPwards
54 people attended in person and about 50 from all over Australia (and 1 from Thailand) zoomed in Online to our our Diocesan Ultreya. The parish of Freshwater at Deception Bay hosted this Ultreya with our second attempt at in person and Zoom together. There was lots of joy & singing before our Witness Speakers, Gay & Rob Clark regaled us with tales from their epic overseas trip to get home at the start of COVID. Ports and borders were closing all around them and uncertainty and anxiousness abounded. Throughout it all God peace gave them calm assurance that all will be ok while others were getting worried. Thanks for your inspirational story. Bishop Cameran response encoraged us all to not just focus on the 3 day weekend but on our fourth day and our continuing walk with God. Retiring Secretariot and Servant Community members were decommissioned and new menbers commissioned. Also the M80 and W80 Lay directors were commissioned, Max McLelland and Merilyn Greensill both from Hervey Bay parish.
August 29th 2020
Theme: Give Thanks
About 30 Cursilstas attended in person and about 50 from all over Australia zoomed in to our our 4th Online Ultreya. The parish of Kangaroo Point hosted this Ultreya with our first attempt at in person and zoom together and it all came together wonderfully. There was lots of joy & singing before our Witness Speaker, Maria Dunn told us of her journey tthrough a dark plaae and her return to the church arriving back like the prodigal son. Thanks for your inspirational talk Maria. Some comments. "Thank you for a wonderful uplifting experience. Loved the songs.". "Thank you to all who brought this Ultreya to us through Zoom. ",
"It was a wonderful Ultreya.
St Mary's was beautifully presented and the sound was really good"
"What a wonderful event. Congratulations, we all enjoyed sharing the love of our Lord.
Many thanks to Maria for sharing her inspiring story. So glad her life is happy again."
July 18th 2020
Theme: Everything Is Holy
About 100 Cursilstas from all over Australia atteded our third Online Ultreya and was declared a great success!. The parish of Waterloo Bay hosted this Ultreya on behalf of the other bayside parishes of East Redlands, Manly and Wynnum and it all came together wonderfully on Zoom. There was lots of joy & singing before our Witness Speaker, Jim Cosgrove told us of his journey to the priesthood in the Catholic church as a 17 year old. He related how he wasn't really mature enough at that time. He did his cursillo in the Catholic church. Later in life, he became an Anglican Army Chaplain. Thanks for your inspirational talk Jim. Some comments. "Thank you for a wonderful uplifting experience. Loved the recorded songs.". "Thank you to all who brought this Ultreya to us through Zoom. Lovely to see my Cursillo friends.",
"Thank you for a wonderful spiritual time. Congratulations to everyone!"
"It was great to sing , see you all and thanks for everything. See you next time. I really appreciated the talk and response."
Toowoomba Far West
June 13th 2020
Theme: Let All You Do, Be Done in Love
Over 100 Cursilstas from all over Australia and even 1 from Thailand atteded our second Online Ultreya and ws declared a great success!. The parish of Toowoomba West hosted this Ultreya and it all came together wonderfully on Zoom . Bishop Cam led the way with a “Welcome” message to all participants.
Next there was lots of joy & singing before our Witness Speaker, Tracey Gummow from the Far West MWAMA based in Mitchell. Tracey gave a very powerful message to all of us on love and how her life had been affected by the lack of love and abundance of unconditional love, especially the love of our Lord.
North West Brisbane
May 23th 2020
Theme: Come as You Are
Over 100 Cursilstas from all over Australia and even 1 from Thailand atteded our first ever Online Ultreya. The parishes of Ashgrove, The Gap, Samford and Grovely spent months planning this Ultreya but due to COVID-19, it looked like they were going to have to postpone it. Until DLD Alan Gray said to them, "Why don't you hold it online". After a lot of hard work and a bit of stress it all came together wonderfully on Zoom. We all sang along with the live musicians in the comfort of our own homes. Witness Speaker Marion Ireland recounted her remarkable life and how God has blessed her along the way. Her Cursillo experience came along at just the right time for her. Thanks Marion for and inspirational talk and for the whole team for pulling this all together.
March 14th 2020
Theme: Be a Light to the World
32 cursillistas gathered at St Mark’s Warwick for a BYO lunch followed by the Ultreya. Sharon Payton, our witness speaker, shared how she and her husband rely on the Lord. She has utilised her gifts in her Parish, by running a speaking course. Sharon and her husband also run a ministry called “Movie with a Message”. Making her Cursillo was one of her best life experiences. In her spiritual reflection, Reverend Lizzie Gaitskell spoke to us about being a light to all.
Alan Gray, Diocesan Lay Director, shared with us the list of upcoming events, highlighting the Pilgrimage in May.
The songs chosen were to match the theme. Some of us could sing them, others had some difficulty. But we had fun.
February 8th 2020
Theme: The Word of God Stands Forever
78 people from all over the Diocese attended this Ultreya at St John's Anglican Church at Hervey Bay The Witness Speaker Dianna Roper told us how The Word of God Changes, Sustains and Empowers us. She recalled a time when her husband was an army chaplain and an army couple's son had comitted suicide and she ministered to them. The Holy Spirit provided the comfort and strength for them through her. She encouraged us to take time away to listen to the Word of God. Take someone with you and let God do the work Take the risk and God will provide. Thank You Dianna for sharing your inspiring story.
November 23rd 2019
Theme: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Over 60 people from all over the Diocese gathered at St Mark's Anglican Church at Daisy Hill for the Diocesan Ultreya. The Witness Speaker Shawn Slade told us he didn't see himself as fearfully and wonderfully made but that was how God see him. He shared his story about how he has opportunities share God's message in his job as a Truck Driver instructor. The story about how you taught a deaf woman to drive a crash gearbox 22 tonne truck was was inspiring. Thank You Shawn for sharing your story.
November 2nd 2019
Peninsula Cursillistas hosted over 40 people from all over the Diocese at The Church of the Risen Christ Anglican Church at Deception Bay. The Witness Speaker Trevor Andrew shared his story about how he was brought up in the church but turned away. When his mother was diagnosed as terminally ill he moved to Qld from Sydney to be by her side. He learned his parents had been praying for him all those years. He decided it was time to go back to church and found a wonderful welcome at Freshwater Parish. But he still had a fear of God. On his Cursillo weekend God spoke to him and told him not to be afraid. He has not looked back since and is involved in Men's ministry in his Fourth day Thank You Trevor for sharing your story.
October 19th 2019
Theme: Giving & Receiving
Highfields Cursillistas hosted over 40 people from all over the Diocese at St Anne's Anglican Church. The Witness Speaker was Sally Turnbull who shared her story of her life and how she was always giving and ministering to others. Due to her recent illness she has been unable to continue this and now it was her receiving the gift of being ministered to. It was an inspiring talk of how God is in the midst of suffering to bring hope and comfort. Thank You Sally for sharing your story.
July 6th 2019
Chinchilla Cursillistas hosted over 30 people from all over the Diocese at St Cecilia's Anglican Church. Witness Speaker was Angela Slack who shared her story of her life growing up in the church. It was an inspiring talk of how her grandmother would pray every day instilling the virtue of intercessory prayer in Angela. Thank You Angela for sharing your life story.
May 25th 2019
Theme: All Are Welcome
Logan Cursillistas hosted over 50 people from all over the Diocese at St Marks Anglican Church at Slacks Creek. What a great day it was. Witness Speaker was Jan Sarie who shared her story of "Welcome". It was an inspiring talk of how Jan felt loved within the Church especially after her husband had passed away. Thank You Jan for sharing your journey.
Gold Coast North
April 27th 2019
Theme: The Joy of the Lord is my Strength
Gold Coast North Cursillistas made us
feel very welcome as they hosted around 40 people from all over the Diocese.
Witness Speaker was
Marilyn Pappas who gave an inspiring address about how her son struggled through a custody access battle for their grandson and she didn't see her grandson for 4 years but her faith held strong and access was granted fortnightly.
A great day of joyful singing, praise and worship of our Lord was had by everyone who attended.
March 9th 2019
Theme: Come As You Are
Warwick Cursillistas made us
feel Welcome as they hosted around 40 Cursillistas from far
Witness Speaker was
Jen-Rose Holmes who gave an inspiring address about how her life changed after the loss of her husband in the early 2000's and the influence of Cursillo when she made her Cursillo in 2017
Rev'd Heather and Bp Cam gave beautiful reflections to Jen-Rose's Witness Talk
A great day was had by all
9 February 2019.
Theme : Water
about 40 people enjoyed uplifting singing, inspiring talks and delicious afternoon tea at St Paul's Maryborough.
The church was decorated beautifully with blue and white balloons and water features.