Cursillo Discussion Groups

and email lists


Discussion Groups

There are several Groups for Cursillistas on the Yahoo system - some are for general world-wide membership, but many are for members of local Cursillo communities to keep in touch with one another.
To get an over-view of the Groups available, go to the Yahoo main Page. In a pale blue box part way down the Page there is a list of some of the services supplied by Yahoo. Click on "Groups" and a Page with a Search Box will come up, labelled "Find a Group". Type "Cursillo" into the Box, press the button labelled "Search" and a list of abnout 100 Cursillo-related e-Groups will come up. Browse the list to find one for your area or interests

The big Cursillo Discussion Group is at

The Cursillo Prayer List is at

The big group for all 4th-Day movements is at

An on-line Ultreya is at

There is a Group for Cursillistas in the Diocese of the Rio Grande, at
and also a Group specifically for members of the Secretariat, where we are trying to hold some Secretariat Meetings by means of the chat-room.

At present there are some problems with the technology, and also with getting everyone accustomed to using a chat-room. In time, we hope that e-Group Meetings will cut down on the amount of time we have to spend driving across the state to get to face-to-face Meetings.

To join a Yahoo Group, one needs to

  1. get a "Yahoo ID"
  2. choose which Group(s) you would like to join
  3. apply to join the Group

To get a "Yahoo ID":

  1. Go to the Yahoo Main Page
  2. In a pale blue box part way down the Page there is a list of some of the services supplied by Yahoo. At the bottom right corner of the box there is a link saying "All Y! Services". Follow this link, which will take you to "Everything Yahoo"
  3. In the top left corner, by the Yahoo logo, is a link for members to sign in, and another link for New Users to sign up. Follow the New Users Sign-Up link.
  4. A Page will come up, with a form for you to fill out - your name, etc., and your choice of Yahoo ID and Password. Please choose an ID which will remind others of your real name. It's not nice to be in a chat-room with someone with a false identity.
  5. Complete the Form, and you should be given your chosen ID and password

To choose a Group :

  1. See above for the general procedure
  2. Some factors to consider
    1. How many members are already in the Group? - a large group may generate many messages per day
    2. How active is the Group? - How many messages were posted recently?
    3. If the Archives are "public" - check them out and see if they are the sort of messages you would like to receive. There are some groups with innocuous sounding names, but which have a large proportion of porn messages

Joining a Group

  1. Go to for the directory and search box for Yahoo Groups
  2. Use the Search Box or the Category listings to find a Group
  3. Click on the Group Name - this will take you to the Home page for the Group
  4. On the left hand side of the Home Page there is a panel listing features of the Group. The top of this panel lists features which are open to non-members as well as members. It's a good idea to check them out before asking to join
  5. Towards the center of the Page there should be a blue button, saying "Join This Group!" Press the button
  6. A new page will come up, with a form for you to fill out. Fill out the form, and press the button at the bottom of the Page.
  7. You may have to wait for a Moderator to view your application and OK your membership
  8. Note : some Groups restrict their membership according to guidelines laid down by the "owner" of the Group. You may not be able to join some particular Groups, but there are plenty of others with open membership

To use a Group chat-room, one needs to:

  1. Join the Group (see above)
  2. Enter the Group area
  3. Enter the chat-room

To enter your Group area :

  1. Go to the Yahoo Main Page
  2. At the top of the Page there is a link to "MY - My Yahoo". Follow this link.
  3. On the "MY - My Yahoo" Page
  4. Enter your Yahoo ID and Password
  5. Choose "Groups" listed under "G" in "yahoo A to Z"
  6. A Page should come up which lists all the Groups to which you belong
  7. Click on whichever group you want to enter

To use the chat room :

  1. Go to the chat area
  2. The chat-room uses Java in its operation - your computer must be Java-enabled. If it is not, please check with a computer-literate person in your locality, to help you install Java - this should be an easy download from the InterNet. You probably also need to set your computer to accept "cookies" - cookies are a pain, but that's part of the deal for using Yahoo. If in doubt - your computer is probably set up already for both Java and cookies. If you don't know what this is all about, please get a computer-literate person in your locality to explain it to you, and/or check your computer
  3. The chat-room box can take a loooong time to load up - please be patient. There will probably be a big blank square in the center of the screen while loading is in process, and there should be a marquee in the bottom border of the screen, saying "loading" - this means that not all the components of the chat-room have been loaded to your computer yet, so hang in and wait for the phone lines to deliver.
  4. The chat-room can have a long response time between typing a message, and it appearing in the chat-room. The delays are due to many factors - the state of the connection between your computer and the chat-room, the speed of your computer, how clutterred your hard drive is, how many other programs you are trying to run simultaneously, how busy the phone lines are. If this gives you real problems, rather than just temporary annoyance, please get a computer-literate person in your locality to check your computer
  5. It happens quite frequently that the connection between a computer and the chat-room is interrupted. When this happens, just go through the steps to enter the chat-room again - it should re-connect quickly, but you will have lost all previous records of the chat session. For this reason, it is a good idea to print copies of the chat-room page frequently, so that you will have a record of the chat.
  6. There should be a panel at the right-hand side of the chat-room, which lists all current participants of the chat-room, using their Yahoo IDs. They are not identified further, so it is a kindness to your fellow-members, when choosing a yahoo ID, to choose an ID which will remind others of your real name. For example, "alice-smith" is preferable to "newmexicoglamorbabychurchmouse".
  7. In all the above, when referring to a "computer-literate" person, it means people who really know what they are doing, rather than someone who talks big. Try someone who repairs and re-builds old computers.
  8. I know it sounds like a hassle, and it can be frustrating. But it helps to develop patience, which is good for the soul. And the alternative (for the Secretariat) is to drive 4 or 5 hours to a Meeting to which some members do not bother to come, or come un-prepared, and then have to drive 4 or 5 hours back home - over a mountain range with severe changes of altitude. End of rant :-)

Cursillo Reunion Groups via e-mail

Wherever possible cursillistas should be part of a group which meets every week for prayer, encouragement, accountablity, fellowship, and planning. This is known as a "Reunion Group". In some cases it is not possible to meet with a local Group, and so some Cursillistas keep in touch by means of an e-mail Group. This is presently organized by Deb Saffin at

Mailing Lists

List Owner : DeJuan Jackson
To sign on, send mail to with SUBSCRIBE CHRYSALIS in the message body.

List Owner : Scotty Ward
To sign on, send mail to with SUBSCRIBE CURSILLO in the message body.

List Owner : Dee Douglas
To sign on, send mail to with SUBSCRIBE EMMAUS in the message body.

Copyright © 1999 Shirley J. Rollinson, all Rights Reserved

Dr. Rollinson

Department of Religion
ENM Station 19
Portales, NM 88130

Last Updated: March 11, 2007