About the Ignatian Camino

The logo of the Ignatian Camino (click image to enlarge)

The logo of the Ignatian Camino (click image to enlarge)

The Camino Ignaciano (click image to enlarge)

The Camino Ignaciano (click image to enlarge)

The Camino follows the 640 km pilgrim route taken by Íñigo López de Loyola (who later became Saint Ignatius of Loyola) in 1522 from his home in Spain’s Basque country to Montserrat and Manresa.

Statue of Saint Ignatius the Pilgrim at Guelph

Statue of Saint Ignatius the Pilgrim at Guelph

Statue of Ignatius the Pilgrim (click image to enlarge)

Statue of Ignatius the Pilgrim (click image to enlarge)

The “Camino Ignaciano,” or the “Ignatian way” begins at the birthplace of Ignatius Loyola in Spain’s Basque country, in a village near the small town of Azpeitia. From there, the route proceeds through picturesque mountains, deserts, and plains, before ending in the town of Manresa near Barcelona.

Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius rested in this town for some months after his journey from Loyola. Manresa was a place of profound spiritual enlightenment for him. Here he composed his spiritual masterpiece, the Spiritual Exercises.

Pilgrims will walk virtually the same route that Ignatius did, pass through many towns that he did, pray at churches where he did, and marvel at the same natural wonders that he saw. This clip from YouTube will give you a taste of what a pilgrim will see along the way.

Pilgrims are on a 28-day outer journey and an inner journey.  The outer journey will be well marked.  The inner journey less so.  For some it will be about forgiveness or reconciliation, for others a new direction or course in life, a confirmation of a major life choice, or a renewed or rediscovered sense of personal identity.

Most days pilgrims will have the opportunity for daily Mass, either said by the spiritual guide in the group, or we will attend a Eucharist in one of the local parishes.  There will also be opportunities for prayer, personal reflection, spiritual conversation and sharing in small groups.

 

9 thoughts on “About the Ignatian Camino

  1. Could you share the info on the song provided at this website “Be Still” ?
    I would like to know where I could get this song sung by the same singer/musician.

    The singer sings it so well, so spiritually uplifting !
    Thank you.

  2. Dear Fr Michael,
    I am Kiko Miranda from the Philippines. I am currently working in a Jesuit University in Zamboanga City (Ateneo de Zamboanga Univeristy). I have spent half of my life being formed by the Jesuits and after I took college in a state university, I found myself back serving my Jesuit Alma Mater and being of service to the youth in the peripheries of our society. I am writing to inquire of how much is the Ignacio Camino tour? I am at a crossroads now and I want to Ignatius’ way of life has inspired me for years. I wish to try to take this pilgrimage of our patron saint and just be in touch with God as I get to discern on my life choices and directions.
    In Service, Kiko

  3. Dear Fr. Michael,

    Could I use your sunset photo of Saint Ignatius the Pilgrim to illustrate one of my blog pieces? Your photo is on this very webpage.

    My blog: https://oddsandendsgonzalinhodacosta.blogspot.com/

    The blog piece that will accompany the photo is the description of the Saint Ignatius the Pilgrim statue by William (Bill) McElcheran, the sculptor. Please email me if you want a copy of this description, which I received from the Ignatius Jesuit Centre.

    I am hoping for your kind consideration. Thank you.

    Gonzalinho da Costa

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