2011 Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

In the year 813 A.D., the burial place of James, a disciple of Jesus, was discovered. After that, the faithful of Europe began to make their way to the location, thereby creating one of the most important pilgrimages of the Christian world. Now, three gentlemen from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, (OLMC), are going to make the pilgrimage on The Camino de Santiago de Compostela (the Way to the burial place of St. James) by bicycle from June 30th to July 20th, 2011.

The sharing of the pilgrimage offers an opportunity to interest many, create a dialogue with the faithful and offer an opportunity for all pilgrims and virtual participants to deepen their faith, as well as to help raise funds for Catholic Education.

It is our objective is to raise over $25,000 for Catholic Education.

What is the Pilgrimage of St. James?
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known in English as The Way of St James, is the network of old pilgrimage routes which covers much of western Europe. These routes collect pilgrims and deliver the pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, their final destination – where pilgrims come to pay homage to St. James.

Fundraising Opportunities
It is our objective to raise in excess of $25,000 for Catholic Education. Our initial thoughts are to raise commitments through pledges – for example, you can give 5 cents per mile for Catholic Education. With the commitment we would also request their email address so we can share with our pledge donors the history and our experiences as we make the pilgrimage.

Various gifts, novelties and T-Shirts will also be sold as well as offered as premiums for larger contributions. Sponsorships can be sold as logo space on the back of the T-Shirts, hats and other items as a means of raising funds.

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  1. Sandra Garayzar says:

    I have done this pilgrimage 5 times already, lived on the Camino for 3 and stayed as hospitalera at many pilgrim hostals and it truly is a life changing experience. Ultreia and Buen Camino peregrinos!

  2. Sandra Garayzar says:

    Heck, I think I know the Camino forwards and backwards, blisters and all. Whatever I can do to help please let me know. I have already been letting my friends along the Camino know that “parish buddies” from OLMC are coming and passing the word around pilgrims around the US about the fundraising efforts, so anything I can do to help just let me know.

    I do have a few Camino tips (including where to find bacon, eggs, pancakes and a large cup of coffee as a typical American breakfast) and a few others as well as Lourdes where I started my first Camino and a place I have been on pilgrimage many times.

    If you happen to see a license plate ULTREIA (the traditional pilgrim greeting) seek me out, I will be more than happy to be of assistance.

    Ultreia and Buen Camino my pilgrim brothers,


  3. Robert says:

    best blog on the camino – hands down. real people, real pictures, real insights and real fun and – yep all of it. I get the preparation and I really get the re-entry – it took me six months. This is great all across the board. thanks for doing all of the very hard work with the pictures and everything. You readers – this is the real camino..

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