Farm Street Ignatian Camino raising money for ACN and JRS
For the past few years, Farm Street Church parishioners have become pilgrims to raise money for worthy causes. Unlike most pilgrims of the ‘Camino’ who walk along the northern part of Spain aiming for Santiago, these spiritual walkers will walk the ‘Camino Ignaciano’ (the Ignatian Camino or Ignatian Way), following the route that St Ignatius himself walked hundreds of years ago, from the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdù across Catalunya to the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa.
The Mount Street Community Superior, Dominic Robinson SJ, will participate in the Camino Ignaciano, as he has done over the last few years. He says;
“We will start at Verdù, on September 25th at the Shrine of the 17th century Jesuit Saint of the Slaves, Peter Claver - a fitting place to reflect on the evils of human trafficking of modern day migrants to Britain and those stuck in perilous conditions in the Middle East. We’re hoping again for a generous response. In our first year we raised £35,000 for Syrian refugees.”
Walking the Ignatian Camino is being established as an official Apostolic Work of the Society of Jesus. The trail runs from in a village near the small town of Azpeitia, the birthplace of St Ignatius, then east to Montserrat where Ignatius the pilgrim laid down his sword and vowed to follow Christ. And finally onto the chapel known as “La Cueva” (the cove) near Manresa where he composed the Spiritual Exercises.
It gives the modern pilgrims the chance to literally walk in the footsteps of St Ignatius, passing through many of the same towns and villages he would have done, pray at the same churches where he worshipped, and marvel at the same natural landscape.
Dominic Robinson says its “spiritually uplifting, raising awareness and funds for refugees, and, despite the challenge of 200 km in eight days of walking mountainous terrain, it is also a lot of fun.
Ignatius' own Camino led him to reflect on how the gift of his personal freedom represented true detachment from worldly concerns and desires, and ultimately his indifference to what life would turn out to be for him in God’s plan.”
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You can follow the Farm Street’s pilgrims progress on farmstreetcamino.blogspot.co.uk and Dominic Robinson on twitter @dtr_sj.
We wish the group health, good weather and good fortune!