The Via de Cristo 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. It took root in the Lutheran church in 1971 when lay people and clergy attended a Catholic Cursillo, 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 25 states and some foreign countries.
Gold Coast Via de Cristo grew into an ecumenical Christian movement which is currently benefitting people from various denominations including Lutheran, Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, and others.
This year we are celebrating our 100th weekend…almost 50 years in South Florida.