St. Ignatius pilgrimage TV special airs on Good Friday

St. Ignatius pilgrimage TV special airs on Good Friday

The Camino Ignaciano was a 157-kilometer journey of faith where pilgrims got to visit the churches where St. Ignatius worshipped, concluding in Manresa, the town where St. Ignatius composed the The Spiritual Exercises. JESCOM

By CBCPNEWS

March 23, 2018

MANILA

Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom) offers “Sangandaan: Paghahanap kay Hesus sa Camino Ignaciano,” a documentary about a group of pilgrims who retraced the route that St. Ignatius of Loyola took in 1522 in order to become “a true soldier of Christ” is airing on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on March 30, Good Friday, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

According to a JesCom press release, “Sangandaan” special narrates the pilgrims’ spiritual odyssey and their “compelling personal stories” — from the moment they landed in Spain until the last step of the 157-kilometer “journey of faith.”

“The pilgrims that audiences will see, they’re physically moving from point A to B. Much like in our lives, we’re always journeying regardless of what stage we are at. Ultimately, it is getting to know God more, connecting with Him that remains to be our main purpose,” shared JesCom creative director Pauline Mangilog-Saltarin, saying the documentary is going “to touch a chord in everybody’s hearts.”

‘Sangandaan’

Featuring the Camino Ignaciano walking retreat that was done from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10, 2017, “Sangandaan” reveals picturesque landscapes and scenic towns, as well as the churches where St. Ignatius worshipped. The route concludes in Manresa, the town where St. Ignatius composed the The Spiritual Exercises. Fittingly, the documentary includes scenes from “Ignacio de Loyola,” winner of the Best Film award at the Mirabile International Film Festival that was held at the Vatican.

“The different scenes from ‘Ignacio’ are a good medium for the audiences to visualize what St. Ignatius went through,” explained Mangilog-Saltarin.

Each day began with points for reflection from spiritual director Fr. Louis Catalan, SJ, who also guided the participants to do the daily Examen in order to “find God in all things.”

‘Virtual pilgrimage’

The JesCom press release lauds “Sangandaan” as a “virtual pilgrimage” for viewers. “We really hope that through their immersion in this virtual retreat, audiences will take to heart our various points for reflection, as we ourselves (in the production team) experienced first-hand how it felt to walk in faith, with God by our side,” added Mangilog-Saltarin.

“Sangandaan: Ang Paghahanap kay Hesus sa Camino Ignaciano” is supported by Marly Camino, The Pilgrims’ Center, and the Spain Tourism Board.

For inquiries about JesCom’s upcoming Holy Week special, “Sangandaan: Ang Paghahanap kay Hesus sa Camino Ignaciano”, interested parties may contact Ms. Dit Sablan at telephone number (02) 426-5971 or 72, local 121, mobile number 0908-886-8447, or email esablan@admu.edu.ph.