WHO WE ARE:

DeColores Ministries Inc. of SW Michigan is a Michigan not for profit organization. We are chartered under an agreement with the National DeColores Ministries organization. You can learn more about our organization by reading About DeColores. Our movement is rich in history and tradition you can learn more by reading History.

We are comprised of members from various Christian denominations for the purpose of fulfilling our mission. We conduct several spiritual retreat weekends each year in order to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. DeColores weekends are held at various churches throughout the year and are available to anyone who is seeking a life changing experience and desires to grow closer to Christ Jesus. You can view more information about upcoming events.

HISTORY FROM CURSILLO TO DECOLORES

"DeColores, Rollo, Abrazo, Ultreya, a person listening to Crucistas talk among themselves might be tempted to assume that DeColores is a secret society with a Spanish flavor. But, any one of the hundreds of thousands of Cursillistas and Crucistas will explain that DeColores is a retreat, a movement, and, most important, a method of spirituality.

Cursillo (meaning short course) began in 1949 when bishop Juan Hervas and a group of dedicated laymen, were seeking a way to renew the Diocese of Majorca, (may-your-ka) Spain. They developed a spiritual renewal method consisting of a weekend retreat and several forms of follow-up. This method remains essentially unchanged.

The first Cursillo weekend in the United States, was held in Texas in 1957. During the next four years, Spanish language weekends were held throughout Texas, Phoenix Arizona, New York City and in Lorain, Ohio.

The first English language Cursillo was held in San Angelo, Texas in 1961. That same year, the movement spread to California, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Washington state.

In December of 1964, Cursillo #13 was held in Muskegon, Michigan. Catholics, desiring to share this unique experience with their non-catholic friends and clergy, began sponsoring those of varied faiths to weekends. This began on a very small scale and at a slow pace, but by the mid 70's, hundreds of men and women, laypeople and clergy from virtually all, major denominations, had made a Cursillo. Struggling with the fact that the Cursillo in the Muskegon area was no longer fulfilling its original purpose to the Catholic Diocese, but at the same time believing in the interfaith experience that had evolved, DeColores EnCristo was born. DeColores Ministries took root from that.

There are other denominational Cursillos...Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, etc., and other similar movements, such as Tres Dias, and Walk to Emmaus, as well as Cursillo in other countries.

DeColores means "of colors" in Spanish and is meant to reflect the many colors of Christ. DeColores was born in the spirit of interfaith communion of the love feast. The agape. It is important to realize that the DeColores movement was born of love and not law.

The first DeColores was held in Muskegon in 1980. In 1985, it officially expanded to Grand Rapids, with that secretariat being the first off-spring. Since then, DeColores communities have sprung up in southwest Michigan, Detroit, and northern Michigan. In addition, there have been DeColores weekends held inside the Muskegon correctional facility, Camp Geneva in Holland, and other similar facilities.

DeColores also has a national governing body, head-quartered in Grand Rapids, which tries to facilitate communication between all the different DeColores communities, and has been very helpful in getting the new secretariats started.

God has blessed us with dedicated leadership, laity and clergy, protestant and catholic. With requests from across the country desiring this interfaith experience, it is sure to continue to grow. DeColores was founded in the Cursillo method, but there have been some changes and refinements since that first weekend in 1949 to accommodate this interfaith experience. For example, the Catholic Cursillo is centered on Catholic traditions and teachings, while DeColores Ministries is centered on ecumenical teachings and practices. However, both focus on the teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

You are here today because a group of dedicated men were given a "vision" of a method of renewing their Catholic Diocese in Spain, another group was given the 'inspiration' to translate the method into the English language, and another group had the courage to work together across denominational boundaries to bring us to where we are today.

Just as the men and women in 1949 are a part of this history, so are you, for who knows where the Lord will lead DeColores tomorrow?
South West Michigan DeColores
About - Last Updated: 05-Feb-15 v1