The Pilgrim's Journey

Remember the Trails

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Camino de Santiago, Spiritual Reflections

A few days ago, a memory popped up on my phone. It was a picture of a small group of pilgrims, myself included, enjoying ice cream in a little shop on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, exactly eight years ago. That afternoon before enjoying our ice cream, we (a total of 49 of … Read More

Walk this Way

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: May 13th, 2021Camino de Santiago

In 2010, Pope Benedict visited Santiago de Compostela, the resting place of St. James the Greater, Apostle of Jesus, and the destination of thousands of pilgrims each year.  He was one of a record number of pilgrims to visit that year.  This record occurred because it was the most recent Holy Year, which is celebrated … Read More

Finding Christ in Companionship

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: February 8th, 2021Camino de Santiago, Pilgrims' Stories, Saints, Spiritual Reflections

In 2013, I took a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in Spain and to the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal, with a local church group of close to 50.  We celebrated Mass together each day and were accompanied in our worship by one pilgrim who had brought along his guitar.  A song … Read More

La Via Francigena

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: February 3rd, 2021Camino de Santiago, France, Italy

Travel blogging has become quite popular in recent years. A quick internet search for any destination will result in numerous pages where people have recorded their activities, costs, insights, and recommendations. However, it isn’t a completely novel activity, but merely a modern adaptation of a centuries-old pastime. Travelers throughout the ages have preserved records of … Read More

A Double Holy Year

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: January 20th, 2021Camino de Santiago, Church News

The city of Santiago de Compostela has been looking forward to 2021 since the end of 2010 for a very important reason – it is the next Holy Year (Jubilee) of Santiago! These Jubilee years occur whenever the Feast of St. James (July 25th) falls on a Sunday. The next time this will happen will be 2027.

Walking the Path to Sainthood

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Camino de Santiago, Pilgrims' Stories, Saints

Throughout the first month of my Camino across northern Spain we had been blessed with the warmest and driest October in 200 years. The sun shone every day and the little rain we did have was warm and ended quickly, allowing us to dry out by the end of the walking day. The breezes were mostly warm and dry, especially once we turned … Read More

Do you know the way (to Santiago)?

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: July 23rd, 2020Camino de Santiago, Ebooks, Pilgrims' Stories, Saints

It’s a long-running joke in my family to respond to a question of how to get somewhere with “Oh, you can’t get there from here. You have to go somewhere else to start.”  It seems like an odd comment – and not very helpful – but in the pilgrimage world, it is not uncommon to … Read More

My Camino to Christ

Michele DohenyLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Camino de Santiago, Pilgrims' Stories

The longest journey of my life was about to begin, and I felt unworthy. Preparing to walk the Way of St. James should have filled me with excitement, but all I felt was doubt. Who was I to think I could do this? Who was I to seek the Lord, His love, and His will? … Read More

St. James of the Starry Field

Susan SkinnerLast Updated: July 25th, 2019Camino de Santiago, Saints

After pondering about the Way of St. James for several months, I thought maybe I was to take a pilgrimage to Spain, that beautiful trip of the mind and heart to the shrine of St. James of Compostela. But through prayer, it seems my “way” for now is to read the book of James in … Read More

I Saw the Sign

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: May 22nd, 2019Camino de Santiago, Pilgrims' Stories, Upcoming Pilgrimages

This phrase brings back more than just an amazing song from my youth. They remind me of one of the most poignant and memorable aspects of walking the Camino de Santiago – seeing the signs along The Way that helped direct me on the path towards Santiago. I, like all Camino pilgrims, watched eagerly for … Read More

St. Bona of Pisa Has Been Taking Care of Pilgrims for a Long Time

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Camino de Santiago, Featured Pilgrimages, Saints

This saint is a true pilgrimage friend. While St. Bona of Pisa might not be as well known for walking the El Camino trail in Spain like St. Francis of Assisi or the Spanish war-hero El Cid, she is one powerful saint to ask for intercessions on your journey. St. Bona of Pisa’s feast day … Read More

Carrying Camino Intentions

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: April 3rd, 2019Camino de Santiago

A Pilgrim’s Prayer: O God, who brought your servant Abraham out of the land of the Chaldean’s, protecting him in his wanderings, who guided the Hebrew people across the desert, we ask that you watch over us, your servants, as we walk in the love of your name to Santiago de Compostela.   Be for us … Read More

3 Things You Must Do Before You Make a Pilgrimage:
A Spiritual Preparation Guide

Erin McCole CuppLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Camino de Santiago, Marian Shrines of Europe

So, you’ve decided to make a pilgrimage. You’ve registered, purchased insurance, and obtained the right travel documents … but there’s so much more to a pilgrimage than the practicalities of travel! You’re not just going on a vacation. You’re putting yourself in God’s hands in a very special way, asking Him to show you what … Read More

Holy Smokes!

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 13th, 2018Camino de Santiago

This church, while nearly one thousand years old, has many features to admire, but perhaps the most interesting is found on the inside, and only makes appearances on special occasions. This spectacle is called the Botafumiero, and it is one of the largest thuribles in the world.

Camino Walk Leads Pilgrim To a Life of Service

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Camino de Santiago, Pilgrims' Stories

“Every time I began to wonder whether I was on the right path, I’d turn a corner and there’d be an arrow showing me that I was going the right direction,” Andrea Joines says, as she reflects on her 2014 walk along the Camino de Santiago.At the time, Andrea was 34 years old. After nannying … Read More