For more than a thousand years, millions have made their way through the varied landscape of Spain, traversing what’s known as the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James. The clergy of The Episcopal Church in Colorado are invited to make this journey November 6-16, 2018. Designed especially for clergy, we will experience the spiritual renewal of walking the Camino firsthand, share a unique opportunity to deepen relationships with colleagues from around the diocese, and learn how to lead our own parish group pilgrimages.
Participants will join in preparation ahead of the journey and gain valuable pilgrimage resources. Clergy traveling on this Familiarization Pilgrimage to Spain will be awarded a discount on a future Camino pilgrimage of 20 or more participants when arranged through Worldwide Pilgrimage for travel in 2019 or 2020. This clergy pilgrimage is not just a great backpacking trip, but a chance for pilgrims to experience their faith and calling like never before.
View the Pilgrimage Itinerary for a more detailed overview of our time together.
Trip leader: The Rev. Canon Greg Foraker, Missioner for Faith Formation
Trip cost: $2,839-$2,999 depending on the number of travelers.
How can I afford to make this pilgrimage? This pilgrimage is a perfect opportunity for continuing education or retreat funds. If this is not a part of the regular budget, request to share the cost of the trip with your congregation. Partial support is also available for clergy from The Episcopal Church in Colorado.
Why is this pilgrimage set for November? It’s a great time to walk the Camino when crowds are lower and temperatures are cooler. Our pilgrimage has been designed especially for clergy, with only one Sunday away. In the midst of stewardship season, this is an ideal opportunity to invite a guest preacher to bring a fresh take to your efforts while you are away. It is also a perfect time for clergy to renew and recharge ahead of the demands of the Advent and Christmas seasons.
What if my congregation is too small to plan a pilgrimage in the future? Consider what congregations you might partner with in your area or region. Two or three congregations joining together can strengthen bonds to partner in many ways upon return. Invite ecumenical clergy from your area and partner with them to offer future pilgrimages in your community.
What physical preparation is needed to make this pilgrimage?
Pilgrims from 21 to 82 have made this journey with our leader. Begin a regular practice of walking now and experience the benefits of integrating body, mind, and spirit. You will likely return from the Camino in the best shape of your life.
Is this a religious pilgrimage? Walking the Camino de Santiago is rooted in Christian faith and history. This pilgrimage offers a profound invitation to deepen one’s relationship with God, to open to others along the way, and to walk with Jesus each day.
To register, please download and complete the Spain Pilgrimage Reservation Form, and mail it to Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries along with:
- A copy of your passport. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date.
- A nonrefundable deposit check for $800 made out to Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries.
Mailing address for registration materials:
Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries
1131 N. Laura St.
Jacksonville, FL 32206-3296.
Space for this inspiring journey is limited. To reserve your place, send your materials and deposit by July 2, 2018.
For more information, please contact the Rev. Canon Greg Foraker, Missioner for Faith Formation, at Greg@EpiscopalColorado.org.
Santiago de Compostela, Spain