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ultreyaUltreya is a Spanish word for "Keep on going!" or "Onward!"

Ultreyas are opportunities for people to gather, pray, and share personal stories about living a life in God's Grace. It is a weekly or a monthly follow-up, open to the community, by people who have made a conscious commitment to grow closer to Jesus Christ in accordance with their personal vocation.

Click here to view and download a document from the National Cursillo Center describing Ultreya and it's Importance to the Person.

Click here to view and download a document from the National Cursillo Center describing Ultreya as a Reunion of Group Reunions. 

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Ultreyas Near You!

CITY-WIDE ULTREYA;  Indianapolis City-Wide Ultreya visits a different parish each month. If your group would like to host this event at your parish (for one month), please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 765-762-3316 to get on the list. Tim will assist with all the details, music support, witnesses, and etc.

LAFAYETTE ULTREYA: The Cursillo community of Lafayette, Indiana holds Ultreya at St. Lawrence Parish hall on the fourth Saturday of the month. We meet for Ultreya at 7 p.m. No Ultreya in December. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (765) 567-2216 for more information. 

Here is the list of Lafayette Ultreyas for 2018

January 27, 2018        St Lawrence Social Hall, Lower level      7:00pm
February 24, 2018       St Lawrence Social Hall, Lower level      7:00pm
March 10, 2018         St Lawrence Social Hall, Upper Level        6:00pm
April 28, 2018           St Lawrence Social  Hall, Lower level         7:00pm
May 19, 2018            St Lawrence Social Hall,  Lower level         7:00pm
June- No Ultreya
July- No Ultreya
August- No Ultreya
September 22, 2018   St Lawrence Social Hall, Lower level        7:00pm
October 27, 2018        St Lawrence Social hall, Lower level         7:00pm
November 17, 2018     St Lawrence Social hall, Upper level         6:00pm Thanksgiving Dinner
December- No Ultreya

Directions to St. Lawrence Parish in Lafayette, click here.

COLUMBUS ULTREYA: The Cursillo community of Columbus Indiana would like to invite everyone to Ultreya each month. We announce the date here on the web site and in the Columbus newsletter. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 812-342-2889 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 812-378-0836 for more information.

RICHMOND ULTREYA:  The Richmond Catholic Community hosts an Ultreya on the last Saturday each month at Seton High School, 233 S. 5th Street, in Richmond Indiana. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.



  • Brief invocation by the spiritual advisor who starts the Ultreya on time (2 Minutes)
  • Call to form small groups, of not more than four persons, using the “ultreya” format (20 Minutes)
  • Short song while chairs are rearranged is encouraged, but not essential (5 Minutes)
  • Lay witness (15 Minutes)
  • The Echo (Affirmation) (10 Minutes)
  • Spiritual advisor’s summation (5 Minutes)
  • Closing song and closing prayer (before the blessed Sacrament if possible) followed by social time for those who wish to participate. (10 Mintes)


Witness Talk

Why a Witness Talk?
To give witness to Christ in our own life, to share our life with Him and unite all in a Spirit of Love. To help others grow, to make Christ better known by showing how we live our daily lives as a witness to Him.

The witness talk should be a personal sharing of any one of a person’s:

  • Growing union with God; a moment closest to Christ, Christ who is real, sharing our life in Christ so others are encouraged.
  • Growing knowledge of Christ; it should be real, personal and concrete.
  • Bringing others to know Christ or the changing of an environment in a particular area, sincere & natural

The witness talk should not be:

  • An emotional high (shouldn’t be all feelings); An outpouring of personal troubles that calls for help.
  • A tale of an extraordinary event (people relate to the ordinary circumstances of life)
  • Irrelevent to life (down to earth)
  • A message for one’s personal cause; it is not an instruction

The talk should not be longer than 15 minutes and is a witness, not an instructional or a teaching. The talk should encourage others, by example, to go and do the same.
The witness speaker normally consults with the Spiritual Advisor before the Ultreya.

The echo is spontaneous. These are comments from cursillistas that provide additional support to the witness that has been presented. These should help awaken a desire among the other participants to go forth and do likewise.

The leader of the ultreya should take care not to exceed to time alloted for this part.


Spiritual Advisor Summation

This is the time for putting the witness and the commentaries in proper perspective with the Gospel, the Church, and/or other elements of the Church (i.e., other biblical passages, encyclicals, Vatican information, etc.). This is the point where the Spiritual Advisor attempts to unite the evangelistic growth with the spiritual growth. The Spiritual Advisor should focus the comments' contents of the witness talk and the echoes. The summation should further encourage the participants - forth and evangelize with a Gospel spirit. 

Closing Prayer

Whenever possible, the Ultreya should conclude with a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Having a closing prayer to conclude the Ultreya is essential, even if it is not possible to visit the Blessed Sacrament.

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