The Ignatian Camino — 21 September – 20 October, 2017

Guided by Josep Luis Iriberri SJ 

In September-October 2017, a group of 17 pilgrims will walk the pilgrim route taken by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1522 from his home in Spain’s Basque country to Montserrat and Manresa. Pilgrims will be on a month-long 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. 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 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.

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10 thoughts on “The Ignatian Camino — 21 September – 20 October, 2017

  1. Oh yes, Father, I know all about training! I never had a blister on the Camino!
    On the Camino I felt so happy and holy with my simple life. I miss it very much.

    • Dear Ann,
      Yes I miss it too. We did an eight-day pilgrimage a month ago from Portland to Penola which was where Australia’s first Saint Mary MacKillop founded her congregation — the Brown Josephites. It was just eight days but it got me back into the feeling of simplicity that pilgrimage brings…
      Blessings,
      Michael

    • Dear Wilbur,
      Thank you for your question. While there are prayers, reflections and meditations based on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises incorporated into the Ignatian Camino, in my opinion it is not feasible to attempt to integrate the full Thirty-Day individually directed Spiritual Exercises — which involves 4t to 5 hours of prayer and seeing a director each day — into the Camino. My advice would be to make the full Exercises, either as an enclosed retreat or in the flow of daily life, and then think about the Ignatian Camino as a way of deepening the experience.
      Michael

  2. Father:

    My wife and I are walking the Camino Ignaziano now, finishing in Manresa on October 5, 2016. We are wondering if the priests at the spiritual center, where we will be staying, might be willing to present a letter or certificate similar to a Compostela. It would mean a lot to us, just as the Compostela does to all who complete the Camino de Santiago.

    Blessings,

    Jim and Janet

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