1. July 25th is the actual Feast Day of our Church's namesake, Jesus's apostle, St. James the Elder. The scallop is the symbol of the Camino. Originating with pilgrims walking to the shore on the Spanish coast where St. James remains were brought off a boat and laid to rest in the
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
2. El Camino de Santiago in English translates to "The Way of Saint James."
In Spain, to receive a Camino certificate you must prove that you walked at least 100km (62.1 miles) on one of the Camino routes.
3. In 2018, 300,000 "Pilgrims" claimed bragging rights for completing the Camino in Spain.
At Santiago, we have two routes--from lake Forest Sports Park to Santiago is 4.1 miles; from St. Michael's Abbey to Santiago is 7.1 miles.
4. The "Way of St. James" has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages since Medieval Times and has existed over 1,000 years!
The Camino here at our Church will be celebrating its 5th Year! So register either online or on the plaza to be a part of the festivities!
The best time to walk our Camino is Saturday, July 20th.
5. It costs the average "pilgrim" who walks the Camino in Spain $45 (U.S. dollars) per person per day; or roughly $1,3500 plus their airfaire.
Starting July 1st, it will cost a Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church pilgrim only $20 each. This registration fee, which includes a free t-shirt, guarantees each pilgrim an unforgettable day of camaraderie and spirituality with your fellow parishioners. The best time to walk our Camion is Saturday, July 20th.
6. All Stations “Along the Way” and the mini-Camino, held on our church premises fornon-walkers, will be bi-lingual for the first time!
The longer route that our parishioners can take, 7 miles, will now be known as “St. James Way”. The shorter route, 4 miles, will now be known as “Our Lady of the Pillar Way”.