"For the Church, pilgrimages, in all their multiple aspects, have always been a gift of grace."
-St. Pope John Paul II
The History of the Camino
The Camino de Santiago, a walking pilgrimage across Spain, has seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the past 30 years. In 1986, less than 2,500 pilgrims were issued a certificate of completion, whereas over 270,000 registered pilgrims walked into Santiago in 2016. However, the modern Camino de Santiago has its roots in the first century A.D and the first recorded pilgrim made his pilgrimage in the 9th century. From then until now, many legends and stories have been built up about the history of the Camino, but the following facts remain.
When our Lord Jesus commanded His apostles to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” (Matt. 28:19) St. James the Greater went into the Iberian Peninsula to preach to the people there. Upon his return to Jerusalem, he was beheaded by King Herod Agrippa in the year 44.
“We wish to thank the staff for such careful planning and organization of our trip. Every detail was taken care of beforehand, and our Spanish guide and bus drivers were the best!”
-Barbara D. Camino Pilgrim
“I am beyond grateful to the staff at Tekton Ministries and my fellow pilgrims for this life-changing experience! Thank you!”
-Lynn B. Camino Pilgrim
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