Camino

Pope Francis greets Patriarch Aphrem at the Vatican, June 2015: Eldhorajan92/Wikimedia Commons
A London Jesuit who will be walking the ‘Camino Ignaciano’ (or Ignatian Way) in Spain later this month with parishioners from Farm Street Church has echoed the warning by a senior Orthodox Church leader that Christianity is in danger of disappearing across entire countries in the Middle East. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ will be one of the group helping to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) projects in northern Iraq, and the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, as they undertake the...
Farm Street Charity pilgrimage in the steps of St IgnatiusThe Church of the Immaculate Conception at Farm St, always known as Farm St Church, is identified as the “mothership” of the Jesuits in Britain. The residence here is home to fourteen Jesuits, it houses six of our apostolic projects, as well as the head office or Curia.The central London church was founded by the Jesuits in 1849. The parish is very active in the world, and strives to embody the call of St Ignatius to live a...
The walkers head off
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ reports live on the progress of his second walk in the footsteps of St Ignatius of Loyola along the Catalan part the Ignatian Camino, from Verdu to Manresa in northern Spain.He is undertaking this challenge with a small group to raise funds for Project Bakhita, the anti-human trafficking project of the Westminster Diocese and he reports from the trail, “as we walk we will be praying for the parish and the project and, as a group of Jesuits and friends from Farm Street,...
Three of the intrepid walkers. Dominic Robinson SJ, Professor Sandra McNally and Trieu Nguyen SJ
Starting from the Spanish village of Verdù in Catalonia on 26 September, Fr Dominic Robinson SJ and Fr Trieu Nguyen SJ will be joined by parishioners Marie Wilson and Sandra McNally as they walk for seven days in the footsteps of St Ignatius on part of the “Ignatian Camino” to raise funds for the Westminster Diocese Bakhita House appeal.Canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2000, St Josephine Bakhita, who died in 1947, is the patron saint of Sudan and is regarded as the patron of victims of human...
The Cave of St Ignatius in Manresa
The Jesuits in Spain will be launching the first Jubilee Year of the Ignatian Camino from Loyola to Manresa on the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola 31 July 2015. In Christianity, a jubilee is a special year of God’s mercy and is often associated with a pilgrimage.  They have also announced that the Ignatian Camino is being established as an official Apostolic Work of the Society of Jesus, to ensure that the Ignatian Camino retains its focus on Ignatian spirituality.The first Jubilee...
Sebastian on the Camino
Sebastian Cichocki is on the staff of the Mount Street Jesuit Community in central London. He recently undertook a five-week pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James. This 900 km pilgrim trail through northern Spain ends at Finisterre via the shrine of St James at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.My Camino (from the Spanish for “path”) started on 21 May 2014.  I chose the most popular “French Way” which begins in Saint Jean Pied de Port in...
Tony, the blog writer, taking a break on his back at the side of the road
Continuing the blog from the intrepid Camino walkers from Farm Street Church in aid of Syrian refugees.To all those of you who are heartily sick of hearing me complain about my blisters I have a very special treat in store for you. The heat yesterday was so intense that my backpack - coupled with my own sweat took a couple of layers of skin off of my back. Andrea has just very kindly slathered me in miraculous cream so I write to you this afternoon lying on my front in my hotel-bed, slippery as...
An image of the mountains in Spain
I used to have an aunt who wasn't an aunt but a family friend. The only problem with Proxy-Aunt was that no-one could remember whose friend she was or indeed which branch of the family she had previously befriended. So in mind of this cautionary tale let me introduce you to our cast of characters - those mad creatures who will be walking, walking, walking over Northern Spain to raise money for upwards of twenty million Syrian refugees. Firstly there is our mentor, the woman who put the...