The word Ultreya is one of encouragement – it means keep going! This was the cry to be heard by pilgrims on their way to the shrine of St James at Compostella, as a means of encouraging one another.
In Cursillo “Ultreyas” are area meetings, which are held on a regular basis as a means of encouragement. A central feature of an Ultreya is the ‘witness talk’ where from listening to the ways in which someone else is living out their Christian calling we can draw encouragement.
We try to hold an Ultreya somewhere in the diocese approximately every six weeks. During the current pandemic these have needed to be held by Zoom.
Whilst Ultreyas are designed primarily for Cursillistas who have been on a weekend, they can also serve as an opportunity to bring a friend along to introduce them to the concept of Cursillo. At the Ultreya we aim to share and worship together and as we learn from one another find encouragement in our own pilgrim journey.
A National Ultreya is held once every year. The last National Ultreya was held in Chester in 2019, as sadly the 2020 Ultreya, due to be held by the combined diocese of London and Southwark had to be postponed.