Public invited to retrace St. Ignatius’ steps in Spain

Public invited to retrace St. Ignatius’ steps in Spain
The Basque countryside, one of the breath-taking sites pilgrims will see when they join Camino Ignaciano. JESCOM

MANILA – Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom), the media arm of the Philippine province of the Society of Jesus, invites travel enthusiasts to join Camino Ignaciano, a pilgrimage that traces the journey taken by St. Ignatius of Loyola from Loyola to Barcelona in Spain, scheduled from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10, 2017.

“Today, the Camino Ignaciano has become a significant pilgrimage route very much like Camino Santiago,” says JesCom creative director Pol Mangilog-Saltarin. “It is a truly value-laden experience.”

Historical, religious sites

For two weeks, pilgrims will travel through picturesque mountains, deserts and wide plains. The pit stops include:

  • Loyola for a welcome Mass at the home where St. Ignatius lived
  • Sanctuary of Arantzazu where the Virgin Mary once appeared to a local shepherd
  • the Basque country of Genevilla
  • Marques de Riscal winery
  • the Roman architecture in Alcala de Ebro
  • the old university town of Cervera

Monastery of Montserrat where St. Ignatius offered his sword to the Virgin Mary, signifying “his change of heart from soldier of war to soldier of God”

The pilgrimage culminates in Manresa, which is significant since it is where St. Ignatius wrote his famous Spiritual Exercises.

Fr. Louie Catalan, SJ, will lead Camino Ignaciano pilgrims in doing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises along the route.

JesCom has partnered with Marly Camino, a Madrid-based Spanish company that conducts small tours and walking routes in Spain and Portugal.

‘Personalized experience’

Because Marly Camino creates packages for 15 pilgrims only, the faithful can expect “a personalized and memorable experience.”

Another partner is The Pilgrims’ Center, a pilgrimage organizer since 1983 that has brought more than 20,000 people to Jerusalem, Medugorje, Marian sites, and holy sites around the world.

Those joining the Camino Ignaciano can expect to receive individualized care, tour assistance by English-speaking guides, private van support, mobile phones with Spanish lines, travel insurance, and an exclusive pilgrim’s kit.

They will also be featured in a documentary created by JesCom’s award-winning production team. Airing on ABS-CBN channel 2, the said documentary will be JesCom’s Holy Week Special in 2018.

For reservations and inquires, interested parties may contact JesCom marketing manager Dit Sablan at telephone number (02) 4265971 local 121 or email jescomprod@gmail.com. More information is also available on Camino Ignaciano on Facebook and https://jescomcaminoignaciano. wordpress.com. CBCPNews