Mission of the 
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal 

To Live the Holy Gospel

“The primary mission of our community is a wholehearted embracing of Jesus Christ and our Holy Father St. Francis. Through our commitment to prayer and contemplation, the study of Sacred Scripture, and our fidelity to the Church and the Sacraments, our fraternal life, and our generous service to others, especially the poor, we receive nourishment necessary to live out our lives as sons of St. Francis in the Capuchin tradition.” (CFR Constitutions)


Dear Cursillistas and friends,  

The Metuchen Cursillo Movement’s 11th Annual Encounter With Christ was held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 8:00am to 3:00pm at Mary, Mother of God Parish, 157 S Triangle Rd, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844. 

We were blessed to once again have Fr. Glenn Sudano, CFR of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (St. Joseph Friary, New York, NY) as the keynote speaker. He was jined by Deacon Sal Bonfiglio, OFS (Secular Franciscan Order) who opened the event with his presentation. 

One Does Not Live on Bread Alone...
This year's Encounter fell on the first weekend of Lent, just weeks before COVID-19 put an end to all public events. The theme was "One does not live on bread alone" (Matthew 4:4). We learned how Christ used God's Word when He was tempted in the desert, and how we can use the Scriptures  to strengthen us and bring us closer to God.

In addition to the presentations, attendees were given the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation as well as join in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The event concluded with Fr. Glenn celebrating Mass with Dcn. Sal assisting, with music led by Cursillista Kathy Wasilewski.

Many thanks to all those who helped to make this event such a success. We also offer our thanks to all those who attended, and to those who offered up such generous donations to support the Metuchen Cursillo Movement.  A great big Thank You to all of you!

On another note, a reporter from the Catholic Spirit attended the event. The write-up entitled "Cursillo Movement promotes faith-filled, lifelong learning" by Christina Leslie can be found in the May 21, 2020 issue on page 6:

Stay tuned for details on the 12th Annual Cursillo Encounter in 2021! 

De Colores,  

Marianne Joy and Regina Neri

Scroll down to see photos from the Encounter...

Highlights from the Encounter