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.
The Camino de Santiago
Where does one begin describing or explaining it? At it's most fundamental level, it is basically a long walk. At deeper levels, it becomes a spiritual journey; it is certainly a wandering through a 1,200-year long cultural, spiritual and religious history, a history that will come alive as you traverse it; it is a commingling of kindred souls in a vast community of pilgrims, a strange community that is not fixed in space but flows ever westward toward Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Perhaps ultimately it is an analogy for life itself.
The term 'Camino de Santiago' broadly speaking refers to the various pilgrimage routes throughout Europe that all lead to the cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. Most originated a millennium or more ago. Speaking more narrowly, the 'Camino de Santiago' usually refers the 'Camino francés' the most popular contemporary pilgrimage route across northern Spain, originating on one side or the other of the French-Spanish border in the Pyrenees Mountains and passing through Pamplona, Burgos and León on its way to Santiago.
It is the goal of the American Pilgrims on the Camino and its website to act as a comprehensive source and resource for you, both the experienced and the prospective peregrino (pilgrim), with a comprehensive collection of information and resources covering all aspects of the Camino de Santiago. Specifically concerning the Camino, you will find: