Purpose of TRES DIAS
TRES DIAS is an adult weekend which aims to concentrate closely on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.
While TRES DIAS explores the basic Christian beliefs, it is best described as a spiritual encounter with Christ. Many who have attended the weekend have experienced a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Christ as they sense His love in a dynamic way.
What happens on a TRES DIAS Weekend?
The Spanish words "TRES DIAS" mean "three days". TRES DIAS begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday evening.
The TRES DIAS team leading the weekend is composed of former attendees of a TRES DIAS or a similar weekend like Emmaus or Cursillo and who have volunteered their time for weeks of preparation by working and praying together as a unit. There is presented in Three Days the basics of the Christian life and the meaning of living the Christian ideal and its application in our daily lives.
TRES DIAS is centered around lay and clergy talks. Each talk is discussed by table groups. Interchange that develops in these discussions makes Christ's teachings come alive.
The basic atmosphere of TRES DIAS is one of love, joy, Christian fellowship, singing, laughing, and worship. TRES DIAS makes future Christian experiences more fruitful because of the zestful seasoning it brings to all Christian living.
TRES DIAS can be made only once in a lifetime, therefore it is not a substitute for a retreat, nor does it have the individual solitude of a retreat.
Who should attend a TRES DIAS weekend?
Just as Christ meets you at your point of need, so TRES DIAS is designed for those who desire to be strengthened in their faith and to be brought closer to Christ in their discipleship.
All are welcome to attend the weekend. There are weekends for men and weekends for women. If you are married, the husband must attend first. Wives usually attend a week or so later. Attendees must be 21 years of age and sponsored by someone who has previously attended a TRES DIAS or similar weekend (such as Emmaus or Cursillo) experience.
The History of TRES DIAS
TRES DIAS was derived from Cursillo de Christianadad - a "short course in Christianity" which has been an active tool of church renewal since its beginnings in Spain in 1949. In America, TRES DIAS was started in 1972 and is now overseen by a national organization of laity and clergy. Individual weekends are sponsored and coordinated by local chapters which have been charted by the national organization.
TRES DIAS is an ecumenical movement open to any Christians who are interested in deepening their walk with the Lord.
The Fourth Day
One's life after attending a TRES DIAS is called the "Fourth Day". Following TRES DIAS a person is able to expand his/her own spiritual life and become a more active disciple of Christ in the world and in the church. During this time, perseverance is important. Perseverance is enhanced after the Three Days through contact with the TRES DIAS community. This contact is available regularly as a means for growth. Also reunions of smaller groups within the local church are encouraged so that the participants may help one another in living the Christian life.
How may I attend a TRES DIAS Weekend?
For more joy and purpose in your Christian walk, TRES DIAS could be just what you're looking for.