Some young adults have asked me to accompany them on a pilgrimage this summer to Santiago de Compostela with optional extension to Rome for Mother Teresa’s canonization. Some are asking me for details, so here they are. Assuming the canonization will be September 4 (we will not know for sure until after the Pope’s consistory on March 15), I propose these dates:
August 15: depart California (after Mass for the Solemnity of course)
August 16-31: walk the pilgrimage either on the Camino Primitivo (mountains) or Portugesa (coast) from, covering around 15 miles a day.
Sept 2: fly or train to Rome
Sept 4: Mother Teresa’s canonization
Sept 5 or 6: depart for California
If we purchase tickets now, plane fares should be around $1400 for both flights (California to Spain and Spain to Rome). Most people on Camino forums say you don’t have to spend more than $40 to $50 per day for food and lodging. We’ll be sleeping in refugios and pilgrims hostels, so bring plenty of earplugs.
Pilgrims should be between the ages of 18 and 35 and able to walk 15-20 miles a day with a light backpack. We will be sleeping in rustic environments and eating plain food. Read Fr. Markey’s book for a better idea of what the pilgrimage entails. I expect all of us to treat this as a pilgrimage—that is, a prayerful and penitential journey—not a tourist trip. Of course we will have Mass and communal rosary every day, plus anyone wishing to join me for the breviary and/or daily holy hour is welcome. Confessions are extra (just kidding). Hopefully no one will need an anointing (bring plenty of moleskin for those blisters). The group will be around 15, men and women.
I recommend seeing The Way starring Martin Sheen. There are probably thousands of books on the Camino, but I can recommend Fr. Greg Marque’s Discovering the Camino de Santiago.
Contact either Martin Ford at Star of the Sea parish (firstname.lastname@example.org) or April Shonnard at Thomas Aquinas College (email@example.com). Don’t contact me! I am drowning in emails as it is!