Southeast Michigan Chapter

The Southeast Michigan Chapter of American Pilgrims covers that area of the state, bounded roughly by Lansing, the southern state border, Lake Erie and Flint (Lower Southeast Michigan). Broadly stated, the purpose of this local chapter is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, hikes, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

The chapter will be scheduling local hikes, talks, potlucks, book talks, lending book library, and more! We will also be hosting an annual Shell Ceremony for pilgrims who will begin their journey in the coming year. Please return here to see updated lists of our upcoming events. We also send quarterly mailings with upcoming events. You will receive these mailings by joining our local chapter.

Contact chapter coordinators David Larwa, Rose Marie Callahan and Paula Jager at
[email protected] for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list.

  • You've arrived! You have your compostela. You've attended the Pilgrims' Mass. You've hugged the Saint. Now what? You need to scan through this blog entry by the venerable Johnnie Walker: 20 things to see and do in Santiago de Compostela.
  • There are a thousand and one packing lists out there but THIS is our take on the topic. 

You can always contact us through [email protected] to find out what we're up to! And click HERE to see photos of recent events! Hopefully seeing all the happy people will make you want to come join us!

Camino Talk "6,000 miles and still counting!"

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
St. Clair County Main Library, Gilbert Wilcox Room, 210 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron, MI 48060

Monday, February 25, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Blase Catholic Church, 12151 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Monday, March 4, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Hamburg Township Library, 10411 Merrill Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

The Southeast Michigan Chapter presents "6,000 km and Still Counting!" Join David, a modern-day pilgrim, and learn why the Way of Saint James was one of the most important pilgrimages during the Middle Ages and the rise of its current popularity. David has completed seven pilgrimages across Spain: the French, Portuguese, Via de la Plata and Camino del Norte. David will share some Spanish history and personal insights gained while walking at three miles an hour. Please RSVP to [email protected] for this talk.

Ongoing Events
Lakelands Trail Walks
First Sunday of the month, 12:00 - 2:00 PM (starting January 6, 2019)

Join the Southeast Michigan Chapter on the first Sunday of the each month (starting January 6, 2019) and discover the Lakelands Trail in Hamburg, Michigan. This is a linear park in the Michigan State Park System. This is a former railroad route and has been developed into a 16 foot wide pathway. We will talk and walk about 5-6 (flat) miles round trip from Biggby Coffee (beverages and snacks are available for purchase), share pictures, tips, etc. No need to RSVP; just show up! We walk rain, shine or snow! The group will meet before each walk at the Biggby Coffee shop. The location is 9568 Chilson Commons Circle, Pinckney, MI 48169 which is located 5 miles from US-23 West at M-36 and Chilson Road.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Southeast Michigan Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact [email protected] for details.

Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when.

Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino via Facebook for great dialogue, photos, and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

Rev 02/11/19