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'Walking' the Wall08/20/2018
Fr. Stephen and company explore Avila's sacred places and ancient walls. Read our Provincial's account of the day (Aug. 13th) on page 15 of the Camino and view photos of the ancient Castilian city where Teresian Carmelites began.
The "End of the World"08/17/2018
On a foggy day on August 12, our pilgrims find their way to Finestera–the "end of the world" as the ancient Romans believed it to be. From there, they travel by car on to Avila.
Fr. Stephen and companions finally get to tour Santiago de Compostela–one tour of the older part of the city and another of the cathedral and its cloisters.
Our American pilgrims try to adapt to some Spanish customs like siesta (easy) and late dinners and bedtime (not as easy).
The Feast of St. Lawrence in Santiago de Compostela08/15/2018
On the feast of St. Lawrence (deacon and martyr), August 10th, Fr. Stephen concelebrated at the cathedral with the Archbishop as the principal celebrant. Deacon Ron and Deacon Peter assisted the archbishop during mass.
Our pilgrims were up early that day, in search of tours–they found out how challenging it can be.
In case you're wondering why the entries are several days behind, it is due to the difficulty our pilgrims have in finding a good WiFi connection in Spain.
Santiago de Compostela on the Feastday of St. Teresa Benedicta08/12/2018
A couple of days after reached their destination, our pilgrims were able to relax a little and to visit the Carmelite nuns on the 9th of August, feast of St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein).
They were also able to attend an English mass at the cathedral and, to everyone's amazement, witness the Botafumeiro being swung overhead.
Destination Reached: Santiago de Compostela08/11/2018
Thanks to those of you who have been following and praying for our Provincial, Fr. Stephen and his fellow pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago–they made it safely to the destination.
Finally: Armenal to Compostela08/10/2018
On Aug. 7, our Provincial and his fellow pilgrims, Deacon Ron and Deacon Peter, set out from Armenal to Compostela. Even though it was a shorter distance, it involved a rather steep hike up and down hills.
Amazing Grace in Azúa and Dense Fog to Armenal08/09/2018
Fr. Stephen and his fellow pilgrims reach Azúa on the 5th and travel on to Armenal on the 6th. They get nearer to their final destination of Compostela but each step doesn't get any easier. Nevertheless, the determined trio travel on.
The long, dark, and narrow way08/08/2018
The 4th of August saw our pilgrims leave Ventas de Narón. Traversing a long, dark, and narrow (not to mention steep and rocky in places) way, enveloped in dense fog, our Provincial (offering prayers and sacrifices for vocations to our Province and for spiritual directees) and his fellow pilgrims plow on.
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.