The Spiritual Director is a priest responsible for maintaining the spiritual and moral
focus of the movement. He takes an advisory role in all major decisions and retains
final authority on matters of morality and faith, or on which team members cannot
agree. He is also called upon to be present on Challenge Weekends, to say Mass and
to administer the sacraments as required.
The Co-Lay Directors are two Challengers (typically a man and a woman) who
select Service Team members and chair their meetings. They have final responsibility
for all activities associated with the movement, notably retreats, ultreyas, renewal
activities and any special events in which the movement participates. Co-lay directors
may serve the movement for a maximum of two years, after which they appoint their
When both Co-Lay directors are new to their position, a Past Co-Lay Director may
be asked to serve the team in an advisory role. This person serves on the Service
Team during the mandate of the Co-Lay Directors whom they appointed.
The Secretary/Treasurer is responsible for keeping minutes at Service Team
meetings, administering the movement’s bank account and for approving expenses
related to Challenge activities.
The Ultreya Coordinator serves as a link between the Service Team and the Ultreya
leaders, maintains a schedule of upcoming Ultreyas and ensures that all necessary
resources are available.
The two Social Coordinators organize social activities designed to build friendship
and community within the Challenge movement. They are also responsible for
overseeing the Challenge Coffeehouse, the movement’s largest annual fundraiser
which is held each spring.
The Palanca Coordinator maintains contact with other Challenge/Cursillo
movements, and is responsible for sending and receiving “palanca indicators” (prayer
requests) for weekend retreats.
Pre-Challenge is a team of two people who maintain the Challenge bins, buy supplies
and ensure that all materials are available in time for weekend retreats.
The Newsletter Editors gather material and publish an online newsletter (2-4
issues yearly) that keeps Challengers informed of ongoing events in the community.
The Music Coordinator collects and updates materials (e.g., song lyrics) used for
worship music during Challenge activities. He/she also maintains a database of
Challenge musicians and coordinates music for Ultreyas, Masses, retreats and special
Outreach is responsible for publicity and recruitment for Challenge weekends. The
Outreach coordinator maintains all promotional materials including the Challenge
website and email listserve, and sends weekly “community announcements” to share
news within the movement.
The two Social Justice Coordinators encourage Challengers to embrace the
Church’s mandate to help the less fortunate, both on a local and a global level. To this
end, they raise awareness and organize community service events related to social,
environmental and humanitarian issues.
The Special Events Coordinator is responsible for planning and executing any
activities external to the Challenge movement, for which Challenge’s participation
is requested by the Montreal Diocese, a local parish, or a sister movement. Many
of these events may be organized by temporary sub-committees which the Special
Events Coordinator assembles.