“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which is in me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

The September session of the St. Paul’s Spiritual Enhancement Series hosted a powerful discussion between two highly influential members of the Cursillo Community over Zoom Conferencing: Joe Amato and Msgr. Tom Caserta.

Fr. Tom is a former Associate Director of St. Paul’s Center,   a former Director of the Boys & Young Adult Christian Awakening Programs, Spiritual Team Member for every Cursillo & CA program and Team Member after making a Boys’ CA in high school. Currently, he is a professor at St. John’s University & Pastor of St. Bernadette’s Church in Brooklyn. He and Joe have been friends for over 40 years – they knew each other well enough to provide a great discussion for the Cursillo Community to witness. The theme for the evening was, “Here I Am, Lord.” Fr. Tom was candid about his prayer life, how his YACA experience & roles at St. Paul Center influenced his priesthood, as well as his relationships with former directors of Cursillo. Most importantly, Msgr. Caserta encouraged us to keep conversations open with all of the people in our lives, to “speak the truth in love.” It was an incredible session to witness.

Due the amazing responses we’ve received regarding this series, a YouTube channel has been created for St. Paul’s Cursillo. Currently, three of these sessions have been posted, with the hope of posting more programs in the future (permission is required from all participants in the series to post these videos due to the personal nature of their stories). Our YouTube channel is St. Paul’s Cursillo Community and the link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVucRnZyIfWQi5GnyWO5-kQ. An additional seventy-one views connected to Joe & Fr. Tom’s session! Please check it out!

We invite all of you to attend all future sessions and to please invite others. You don’t have to be a Cursillista to join us. This is a great way to bring people to our Cursillo Community! Future sessions will take place every third Wednesday of the month. We will offer presentations from different speakers that are near and dear to Cursillo. Our next  session will take place on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 7:30 PM. The theme of the session is “The Gift of Forgiveness,” and Joe is lining up a few members of the Cursillo Community to share their witness stories. Zoom details can be found on the flyer towards the end of this newsletter. Please join this great program to stay connected & strengthen your 4th Day!