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“For it is not knowing much, but realising and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul.” - St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491 - 1556 AD)
Peregrino Pilgrim is at the heart of Ignatian spirituality.
SDI is pleased to invite you on a pilgrimage to Spain in the footsteps of St. Ignatius. This Pilgrimage will follow the newly designed “Ignatian Camino,” or Ignatian Way from July 24 – August 3, 2022. The Feast Day of St. Ignatius is July 31.
St. Ignatius knew himself as a pilgrim, with God as his companion. As a pilgrim he was led on his way to a deeper relationship with God. This grace Ignatius received is intended for all those who follow the Ignatian way, his camino, the spirituality of St. Ignatius.
Pilgrims may choose to pray selections from the Spiritual Exercises composed by Ignatius during this time. As we pass through many sacred locations, we will experience, in a new way, the life of Ignatius and the scriptures he pondered. While we desire a felt experience of God in prayer and a meaningful journey of faith at Ignatian shrines, we also hope to have a sense of peace and joy, gifts historically received during pilgrimages.
YOUR JOURNEY GUIDE
Fr Josep Lluis Iriberri, SJ
Father Jose serves as Director of the Pilgrim Office of the Ignatian Way in Spain. He has been guiding international pilgrim groups since 2012 and is a promoter of the Way through publications and conferences throughout the world. Born in Barcelona in 1959, Father Jose has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1981 and a priest since 1992. He holds a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona and in Theology from the University of Louvain in Belgium. After attending two years in the center Lumen Vitae in Brussels, he earned a Master in Counseling from the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. He has studied in Jesuit formation in Belfast, worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Morocco and was the founder and first director of the Service Accueil Migrants in Casablanca. Father Jose is trained in Appreciative Coaching and is a certified professor of the Enneagram (Pastoral Institute, Loyola University, Chicago), offering training workshops on the Enneagram since 1998.
Pilgrimage package includes:
- All Accommodations for 10 nights. Pilgrims will stay in local hotels and simple refugios.
Accommodations will either be shared (in double rooms for two pilgrims, or a double bed for a couple), with a limited number of single room upgrades for some of the nights.
- Meals: Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided throughout the pilgrimage, with the exception of two lunches and one dinner, which are out-of-pocket.
- Transportation: During portions of the journey when pilgrims are not walking, air-conditioned coach buses will be provided. Vehicle assistance will be available if needed during the walks. Luggage transfer assistance.
- Guided prayer, personalized spiritual direction sessions, guided tours of sacred spaces, optional Eucharist each day.
- Transportation to and from Spain
- Travel Protection Insurance
July 24: Arrive at Bilboa and Loyola
Mass at the Chapel of Jesus Maria. Jesus Maria Retreat House, Loyola – Azpeitia
July 25: Loyola (5 miles)
Visit Ignatius family home. Jesus Maria Retreat House, Loyola – Azpeitia
July 26: Loyola - Arantzazu - San Sebastian - Loyola (5 miles)
Visit Arantzazu Shrine. Jesus Maria Retreat House, Loyola – Azpeitia
July 27: Loyola - Laguardia - Navarrete (6.8 miles)
Visit the Santa Maria la Reina Church. Posada Ignatuius, Navarette and Pilgrims Hostel
July 28: Navarrete - Logrono - Javier (7.5 miles)
Visit St. Francis Xavier Castle. Javier Retreat House
July 29: Javier - Verdu - Montserrat (2.5 miles)
Visit the Shrine of Saint Peter Claver sj. Hotel Abad Cisneros
July 30: Montserrat - Manresa (6.2 miles)
Mass at the church of our Lady of Monserrat (Benedictine Monks Liturgy). Spirituality Center – La Cova
July 31 (Feast Day of St Ignatius): Manresa (6.2 miles)
Prayer at the Cave of Saint Ignatius. Spirituality Center – La Cova
August 1: Barcelona (5 miles)
Visit Ignatian Barcelona. Visit Santa Maria del Mar. Hotel TBD in Barcelona
August 2: Barcelona (5 miles)
Visit Sagrada Familia Gaudi’s Church. Hotel TBD in Barcelona
August 3: Departures
Journey officially ends after breakfast
Visit the FAQ page below for more information
TRAVEL AND SAFETY
We are aware that uncertainties remain about travel and safety in a world with covid-19. We are hopeful that with the dissemination of Vaccines in 2021, this journey in July/August 2022 can proceed.
A valid passport for the duration of your time in Spain is required. To come to Spain as a general visitor, you must be able to show that:
you are eighteen or older;
you intend to visit Spain for no more than six months;
you intend to leave Spain at the end of your visit;
you have enough money to support and accommodate yourself on your trip.
For other situations and more detailed information, please visit the US State Department webpage on Spain or check with the Spanish embassy in your home country to verify visa requirements.
IMPORTANT: Do not pack your passport or travel documents in your luggage, as you will need them at the airport and upon boarding the plane. Keep them, as well as prescription medication, and any valuables in your carry-on bag, and keep your carry-on with you at all times while traveling.
Both guides speak fluent English, and one also speaks Spanish and French. Prayers, celebrations and spiritual insights will all be offered in English.
Currency in Spain is the Euro. You may bring cash to exchange, use credit cards, or use ATM machines. Credit cards are commonly used in Spain, and cash will work as well (exchanging foreign currency is best done in the airport upon arrival). ATMs will be accessible along the pilgrimage route. Traveler’s cheques are not encouraged, as you must find a bank that will cash them. Very little money is required along the route; the pilgrimage covers just about everything.
Bring moderate clothing that you can walk comfortably in. Include rain gear and sturdy walking shoes or boots for walking over terrain that may at times be hilly or wet. Dress comfortably for hot conditions – July in Spain can be quite hot, but much cooler in the evenings. It is impossible to predict, so be prepared for variable weather, aware that walking is part of the journey. Pack a sweater or jacket for potentially cool days and sunglasses and a hat for sunny days.
Local cafes and hotels are likely spots to connect to free wifi networks. You can also purchase a local SIM card to use your smart phone in Europe.
We will work with our host organization in Barcelona to follow any social distancing recommendations that are in place in July of 2022. More information to come…
If a participant needs to cancel, notice of cancellation must be signed, dated, and received in writing via e-mail or postal mail. SDI will then refund your payment for services not received by you, minus applicable cancellation fees, according to the following schedule: Until 15 March 2022, the cancellation fee is USD$500. From 16 March 2022 – 15 May 2022, the cancellation fee is USD$1,000. No refunds after 16 May 2022. In the event of unforeseen events that force this journey to be cancelled or rescheduled, we will reconsider this cancellation policy guided by reason and common sense.
This pilgrimage is designed to offer the best of both worlds: time to linger at sacred sights and in contemplative repose, as well as daily walks along the pilgrimage route. Pilgrims are invited to walk for a portion of each day. Distances range from 2.5 miles to 7.5 miles along gentle terrain. On any given day, a pilgrim can skip the walk and travel in the bus to that day’s destination, and wait for his or her companions there. Alternatively, a pilgrim can begin the day’s walk, and if they cannot continue they can take a taxi to that day’s destination (the cost of the taxi is not included in the program fee). Distances are not great, but you should be in good health. International and domestic travel can be taxing, and SDI has done its best to design the schedule with your well-being in mind.
Pilgrims will stay in simple, clean accommodations, seeking the austerity of the walking pilgrim. Double rooms (no bunk beds, no dorms) are standard lodging and pilgrims may be assigned a roommate of the same gender for some of the nights. For an additional fee, pilgrims may upgrade to a single private room.
This journey’s itinerary includes several opportunities to participate in mass or chapel services. All these experiences are optional. Throughout the pilgrimage we will share sacred time together designed to deepen our own faith. Each day pilgrims will be invited to do one hour of silent walking, and spend some time in silent meditation in the afternoon at each destination, as the daily schedule allows. Guided prayer and the possibility of personalized spiritual guidance will be available from time to time. Optional Eucharist is available almost every day.
No, you do not need to be a member of Spiritual Directors International to join the journey, although members do receive a discount on registration. We ask only that the contemplative nature of this journey ignite your heart and spirit, and that you be eager to explore its spiritual and historical dimensions.
The journey begins on July 23, 2022 at 5:30pm in the Bilbao Airport (BIO). Some travelers may choose to fly into the Barcelona airport (BCN) and then travel independently to Bilbao. A private bus will be provided from there to the Azpeitia Jesus Maria for the group introductory meeting and evening mass.
The journey ends after breakfast on August 3 in Barcelona. You may want to consider extending your journey to include other sites in Spain or Europe.
Weather in July and August in Spain is usually quite pleasant and can be hot. A detailed packing list will be provided after registration.
The $500 deposit is an administrative fee that secures your space in this intimate journey and is nonrefundable. There are no exceptions to the refund policy. The agency that we work with in Spain requires that you obtain travel insurance to cover financial losses from any personal emergencies or other events that require your cancellation. You are responsible for reading your policy and understanding what it covers.
The total number of pilgrims is 24.
Yes, indeed. Pilgrims can arrive whenever they like, but everyone should still gather at Bilbao Airport at 5:30 p.m. in order to take the private bus together.
If any pilgrim wants to stay longer, just let Fr. Josep know and he will book one or two extra days in Barcelona. Once the booking is made, pilgrims will be asked to pay the extra funds to cover the additional stay.
Yes indeed, with audioguides.
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