Tres Dias
   There was a group of men who came to know each other through a pilgrimage in Northern Spain called: El Camino de Santiago de Compestela (The pilgrimage of St. James). Small sharing and action groups were set up from these pilgrimages. From these small weekly groups, periodic retreats were developed primarily by Catholic Bishop Juan Hervas and Eduardo Bonin from Majorca Spain. These “retreats” became known as Cursillo de Cristianidad which translates as “a short course in Christianity. The Cursillo movement came to the U.S. in the late 1950’s when a group of men from the Spanish Air Force were training in Texas and conducted the first “Cursillo” in the U.S.. The first English speaking Cursillo was held in the early 1960’s. Protestants, who had attended the Cursillo weekends, saw the need to make the experience available to other Protestants. This led to the development of the interdenominational Tres Dias. The first Tres Dias weekend was held in New York in 1972 with Dave McManigal as the Rector. McManigal was a protestant who had attended a Roman Catholic Cursillo. In the Spring of 1979, John McKinney formed an ad-hoc National Secretariat in New York. This group drafted a National Constitution and the “Essentials” of Tres Dias inviting all communities to participate and refine the drafts. In 1980, Tres Dias was formed as a national organization and became international in 1985. Tres Dias was designed after the pattern of the original Cursillo de Cristianidad as one means of training Christian leaders that God could use to revitalize the Church.

Our Story:

Orange County Tres Dias
   The Orange County Tres Dias community was formed in the Spring of 2007 by a small group who had come out the Orange County Walk to Emmaus community. This hybrid community became a mixture of Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus (another rendition of the original Cursillo movement) and Tres Dias with the goal of providing an interdenominational weekend to deepen people’s daily walk with Christ through love and service. Our first weekend was held November 7th-10th, 2007 with Gary McCann as the Rector. We call our weekends “A Walk with Christ” harkening back to the pilgrimage model from which it was originally developed. We have come to call it a three-stage pilgrimage. The first stage being the weekend experience, the second part being the participation in the Fiesta celebration and Community gatherings and the third stage consisting of working the weekend to pay forward a rendition of the spiritual experience for others. While not everyone completes all three “stages” of this pilgrimage. We feel that the greatest benefit and growth is derived from the completion of all three stages.

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The Tres Dias Story