When it was suggested that for our summer pilgrimage this year we ‘walk the Camino’, I was filled with a mixture of dread and excitement. We’d done it back it 2017, and it was physically challenge then, but that was six years ago. Since then I’ve celebrated a significant birthday and am definitely somewhat less fit than I was!
Yet, despite or maybe because of the physical challenge, there is something about going on pilgrimage that is profoundly powerful – even life changing. I’ve seen it first-hand.
The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James) has been a pilgrimage route for over 1000 years, walking to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela where St James is buried. Last year attracted a new record of almost half a million people doing it, and for a variety of reasons.
For me taking time out from the busyness of everyday life; the sense of community with fellow pilgrims; and being immersed in the beauty of God’s creation for several hours a day, are a main part of it. I’m now really looking forward to it!
Led by Bishop Peter, the pilgrimage runs from July 22-29. If you are age 18 – 30, why not come and join us? More information available here and to book a place, click here. Places are limited and bookings accepted on a first come first served basis.
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