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Yellow dirt (not brick) road08/06/2018
The latest entries by Fr. Stephen have our pilgrims traversing the northwestern Galician region of Spain from the beginning of the last phase of the Camino in Sarria. Along the way, they made stops at Mercadoiro and Portomarín, passed through Castromaior, arriving at Ventas de Narón on the 3rd of August.
Follow our pilgrims and read about their experience of the surrounding agrarian communities and their friendly encounters with other pilgrims, a welcoming dog, and some insects on page 9 and page 10 of the Camino.
Less sleep but more steps08/04/2018
The last phase of the Camino lies ahead of our pilgrims. Along the way are more villages–more hilly and rocky trails to traverse, not to mention other challenges. Nevertheless, consolations are not lacking and Fr. Stephen and fellow pilgrims remain grateful for the blessings the Lord continues to bestow as they journey the Camino. See the latest entry and newest photos on page 9.
Nogales to Triacastela–how long?08/02/2018
Fr. Stephen arrived in Nogales with fellow pilgrims, Deacon Peter and Deacon Ron. Their goal this time is to reach Triacastela from Nogales.
They meet other pilgrims along the way – men, women, young and old. Read about some of these pilgrim encounters and see the latest photos from July 31 on page 8 of the Camino.
Tedium and Grace08/01/2018
Our weary road warrior remains a staunch prayer warrior. Fr. Stephen and fellow pilgrims make it on foot to Astorga. There, they plan for the best strategy to take on the last stage of their pilgrimage. They have to reach Santiago de Compostela on August 9 but they have more kilometers ahead than they can trek in the remaining time. So, a good strategy is essential. To learn more about how things are going on the Camino, visit page 8 and read Fr. Stephen's latest entry with new photos.
25km Farther on Foot07/31/2018
Our Provincial and his fellow pilgrims left the city of León on the 29th, walking the 25km (15.53 miles) distance to Villar de Mazarife, a small village in the autonomous region of Castile and León.
Find out who they meet along the way on page 7 of the Camino.
How many stops to Leon?07/30/2018
Over the weekend, while we may have been resting, running errands, or doing house chores, Fr. Stephen and his fellow pilgrims finally reached Leon. Not counting the many short stops between the major stops, it took one major stop forward, one major stop back, and one longer major stop forward to get there.
Find out what it took for our pilgrims to make it to Leon without losing more time – read the latest entries from the Camino and view new photos of the sights along The Way.
Sleepless in Burgos07/27/2018
Not exactly none the worse for wear, our pilgrims reached Castrojeriz yesterday. Seeking advice about the best route to take them more quickly to their destination, they were advised to go… where???
Find out what new challenges our Provincial and his fellow pilgrims face on page 6 of Camino de Santiago.
Camino de Santiago–New page and Table of Contents07/26/2018
We received more entries and photos this morning from Fr. Stephen, coming at the heels of those received yesterday. They can be found on page 5 of the Camino de Santiago.
Our Provincial snatches whatever opportunity he can to send us entries and photos–despite the arduous character of the journey, battling hunger and thirst, enduring aches and pains and fatigue, and whatever vicissitudes of the pilgrim's way.
Onward still, our pilgrims go–making time for prayer wherever The Way takes them.
To make it easier for you to navigate the pages, we added a Table of Contents near the top of every Camino de Santiago page. Please visit often to check out the latest.
The 'Uneasy' Way07/25/2018
Today is the feast of St. James whose shrine at Compostela is the destination of many pilgrims, our Provincial among them.
As the Camino continues to present challenges, our stalwart pilgrims plow on faithfully.
Visit page 3 of Camino de Santiago – read the latest accounts of our pilgrims' progress and view the newest photos from Fr. Stephen.
Please continue to pray for Fr. Stephen and his companions. St. James, pray for us and all pilgrims!
Update: 1) Photo of what Fr. Stephen refers to as 'Our Lady of the Pyrenees' is now on the Camino de Santiago's main page, 2) Even more photos and entries on page 4 of Camino de Santiago have been added! 3) Erratum: the entry for July 22nd which was previously posted on a wrong date has been corrected. Forgive the error–the text was received undated and got confused for a different date.
Pilgrims on The Way07/23/2018
We have more from Fr. Stephen as he and his fellow pilgrims journey on The Way.
More photos have been added to his July 17th entry. His entry for July 18th and accompanying photos can also be found on page 2 of Camino de Santiago.