Cum Christo brings Christians together in an ecumenical three-day spiritual renewal weekend to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, to develop Christian leaders, and through Group Reunion and the Cum Christo Method of Piety, Study, and Action to motivate them to persevere, to live authentic Christian lives, and to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ in their churches, their everyday lives and other places where God leads them.
What is Cum Christo?
Cum Christo is a Lay Catholic Renewal Movement, originating from the Catholic Cursillo Movement, operating within the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Ohio.
Cum Christo emerged from the Catholic Cursillo Movement which began in the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio in 1964, and, shortly thereafter (1970), welcomed men and women from mainline Protestant faiths to participate in the thre day ecumenical spiritual renewal weekend.
What is the three-day spiritual renewal weekend about?
The weekend consists of a series of talks given by lay-people and Catholic and Protestant clergy on such topics as Grace, Church, Piety, Study and Christian Community in Action. Each talk is followed by prayer, reflection and discussion. There is a Catholic Mass and a Protestant service each weekend. Men’s weekends occur in March and September; Women’s weekends occur is April and October.
What are the candidate eligibility requirements for application to a Cum Christo Weekend?
A prospective candidate must be age 21 or older, be a baptized Christian affiliated with a Roman Catholic Church or a baptized Protestant affiliated with a universally recognized mainline Protestant church.
The candidate must believe in and accept the tenets of the Nicene Creed or the Apostles Creed, the Bible as the inspired Word of God, and the fullness of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The candidate must be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy so as to more fully and constructively participate in the weekend. And the candidate must reside within the geographic confines of the Diocese of Columbus (except under special circumstances approved by the lay Director). Lastly, the candidate must be sponsored by a current Cum Christo member (except under special circumstances approved by the Lay Director).
What is the Goal of Cum Christo?
Through the three-day spiritual renewal weekend and subsequent commitment to Group Reunion, Cum Christo enables Christians to continue to live authentic Christian lives, the life of grace, for the rest of their lives, committed to the Cum Christo Method of piety, study and action, to the end that they might grow in the Spirit and become the leaven for apostolic action in their many environments.
Cum Christo is one means of renewal within the Church. The goal of the Movement is the same as the goal of the whole Church: to bring all to Christ. Cum Christo provides the opportunity and the means for similarly committed Christians to support one another in achieving this goal.
How is This Goal Achieved?
Through weekly gatherings called “Group Reunion,” groups of several individuals share their deepening relationship with Jesus using the Cum Christo Method of Piety, Study and Action. This weekly grouping is also illuminated by sharing their “Close Moments” with Jesus. Prayer support for each other, accountability and confidentiality also are part of these Group Reunions.
Relatedly, the entire Cum Christo community is invited to attend regular Wednesday evening gatherings at the Cum Christo Center called “Ultreyas” to persevere, to gain support and encouragement, to reconnect, to worship, to pray, and to share Christian fellowship. Cum Christo guides participants to live as Jesus’ disciples in their daily lives and to be servant- leaders in their church and in the other environments where God leads them.
The Cum Christo Center is located at 244 East Rich Street, in downtown Columbus, OH. Individuals who are interested in making a Cum Christo Weekend are welcome to attend the weekly Wednesday Ultreyas at 7:30 P.M. with their sponsor.