Registration for the 2016 National Gathering of Pilgrims is open!
Whether you have been a pilgrim on the Camino in the past or you are an aspiring one, the 2016 Gathering of Pilgrims at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, is for you. And if you are considering serving as an hospitalero in the future, hospitalero training is being offered immediately prior to the Gathering. Click HERE to go to the National Gatherings page for complete information and to register.
American Pilgrims is a national organization and is eager to encourage and support local or regional groups that wish to form Local Chapters. You can check the individual chapter pages linked below and the Local Events Calendar for event dates and information.
If you would like information about starting a local chapter, please see the information at the bottom of this page.
Local Chapters and the general areas they serve
Forming a Local Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino
After returning from the Camino, people often want to connect with others who have had a similar experience. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of starting a local chapter, American Pilgrims can guide you through the process and help you find other pilgrims in your area. Activities can be as simple as meeting for coffee, a potluck, a walk or visiting a restaurant for tapas. Many groups have informational slide shows and meetings to help new pilgrims learn about and prepare for the Camino.
If you already have a group that is meeting for Camino-related activities or if you would like to start a group in your area, consider becoming a formally recognized Local Chapter of American Pilgrims.
Chapters are led by at least two coordinators (not a couple) who:
Benefits of being a Local Chapter:
If you think you and your area would qualify for forming a chapter, the first step i``s submitting the online Chapter Formation Application. Upon receipt of the application, an American Pilgrims Chapter Liaison will:
Upon completing a successful initial interview, the Chapter Liaison will guide the proposed new chapter coordinators through the formal establishment process. This will begin with identifying others in the area who might be interested and scheduling an exploratory meeting. If the chapter is deemed viable, the chapter coordinators will sign the Memorandum of Understanding outlining chapter responsibilities, training requirements, conflict of interest requirements and the support that American Pilgrims will provide. Further steps will include establishing the chapter's website page, creating a chapter e-mail address and announcing the new chapter to the pilgrim community
If you think you qualify, we'd love to hear from you!