Lay Director Profile
by Bro. Mario Camorongan
I am your Bro. Mario Camorongan, I made my Cursillo on Feb. 14-17, 1986, at Mt. Mary Immaculate in Lafayette, Cursillo #34, Decuria of St. James!
My wife Pat, a sister Cursillista and I are parishioners of Holy Rosary Church in Antioch. Both of us were born and raised in Pangasinan, Philippines. We are blessed with 4 children: Melissa married to Don; Marlene married to Phil, Matthew, and Monica. They are now all young adults.
We are active members in our parish as Extra ordinary Ministers and I am a Brother Knight of the Knights of Columbus – Antioch Council of which I was a past Grand Knight. We are also one of the original members of the Most Holy Rosary Fil-Am club, of which I was a past president and whose early beginning was encouraged by Father Carlos Davalos, our parish priest, to bring visibility of the Filipinos and encouraged participation in the church activities. Currently, I work for one of the cities in the Bay Area.
In the past 29 years of being a Cursillista, I have served as a Team Representative, an Ultreya Coordinator, Rollista, Den Father, Vice Rector, and eventually the Rector of Cursillo # 47 in 1993. I completed my first term as FCC Lay Director (7/1/12 through 6/30/15) and the community asked me to continue for another term (7/1/15 through 6/30/18) of which I gladly accepted it. I continue to serve and be active in our movement because like a flat tire, I needed that very air to keep me going; like a basket ball, Cursillo gave me that bounce! I serve because I want to continue my spiritual formation, a deepening of my spirituality through the Cursillo journey.
I love and revere the Lord and His guidance I seek. I hope to leave that legacy to my children and future grandchildren, because life without faith is meaningless. I want to be a fisher of men, to bring people to God through the Cursillo way: make a friend, be a friend, and bring that friend to Christ.
To the end, my wife and I will stay because we cherish the friendships that we developed through the years with many of you in the Cursillo. De Colores!
(From Left to Right) Deacon Rey Encarnacion (Spiritual Adviser), Mario Camorongan (Lay Director), Rey Dollete (Pre-Cursillo Chairperson), Kathrina Parungao (Secretary), Cora Tuason (School of Leaders Chairperson), Celso Perez (Treasurer), Victor Ramos (Mariposa Editor), Neriza Nieto (Post Cursillo Chairperson), Josie Herrera (3-Day Weekend Chairperson).
The Diocesan Secretariat is a group of leaders who are responsible for the Movement in an area. It is designed to help the Cursillo Movement more effectively prepare and support Christian leaders as they carry on the apostolic work of structuring Christian life in their own particular environments.
Lay Directors through the years