What is Via de Cristo?

Via de Cristo is a Spanish phrase meaning Way of Christ.

The Via de Cristo Ministry includes a structured three-day weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, bringing them to a new awareness of living in God’s grace.

Our History

The movement originated as Cursillo® in the late 1940’s in the Spanish Catholic church and moved to the United States in the late 1950’s. The Ministry  began in the Lutheran church following lay people and clergy attending a Catholic Cursillo in 1971, both in Iowa and Florida. The first Lutheran sponsored weekends were held in 1972 in Iowa and Florida and have now been held in over 30 states and some foreign countries.

Via de Cristo is the Lutheran expression of this method which is currently being used in many denominations including Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Reformed churches.

It starts with a weekend

Who should attend a Via de Cristo weekend?

Via de Cristo is intended for lay people from every walk of life and for pastors. Via de Cristo is for people who live strong and active lives in Christ, and also for those who seek to be renewed and strengthened in their relationship with Christ and the people around them. Via de Cristo is open to married couples as well as single men and women.

What happens on a Via de Cristo weekend?

A Via de Cristo weekend is a three-day journey, beginning on Thursday evening and ending Sunday evening.

The participants live, study, worship and commune together daily. There are fourteen talks, nine by lay people and five by clergy, presenting the Christian life, based on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Via de Cristo gives those attending a living understanding of basic Christian truths. Participants will enjoy music and singing, food and fellowship, a time for laughter and for prayer and reflection.

After the Weekend

You may attend a Via de Cristo weekend only once in your life. Our prayer is that you build on it for the rest of your life.

 We encourage you to:

1) Expand your inner spiritual life through prayer, study and church participation.

2) Become a more active witness for Christ in your daily life.

Community members are offered two ongoing means of perseverance:

1) Reunion Groups: small groups of who meet regularly to study, pray, share and help one another in their quest for spiritual development.

2) Ultreyas: gatherings of the local Via de Cristo community for encouragement and fellowship.

Here’s another way to put it:
You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.

Mathew 5:16, The Message