Route to Santiago

On July 2, 2014, we are going to join the Rev. Canon Peter Sills on part of the Pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compestela in Spain.

This is the cover of a book full of beautiful photographs and text about the pilgrimage

This is the cover of a book full of beautiful photographs and text about the pilgrimage

The "way of St. James" has been a pilgrimage event for over 1000 years as people have flocked to the site of the burial of the apostle St. James the Great. Legend states that the body of James was carried by boat from Jerusalem to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where a church was erected on the site of the tomb. There is no single route for the pilgrims to follow, but there are several key paths.

A few years ago we did the beginning of one of these routes going from Mont Saint-Michel to Bordeaux. The art and architecture we saw along the way was incredible. The guides we had were the most knowledgeable I have ever experienced.

When we found out that Peter Sills, a man some of you know and have heard speak - he was the first Kerley Endowment speaker we had speak to us - announced that he was taking another group on another part of the route, we decided to go.

We will start in Lyon, France. Though Peter's tour will go only to the border of Spain, four of us are going on to Compostela.

If you want to see a movie about this trip, you can watch "The Way" with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez.

I wanted a way to share this trip with those who would like to join us. I am grateful, very grateful, to Wayne Herbert for helping me learn the technical aspects for doing this - and for keeping the Ordinary Life website up-to-date and posting e-mails in my absense.

This is Peter's 25th pilgrimage to lead. It is also the 25th anniversary of the Ely Cathedral choir and we will be travelling in tandem with them worshipping in some of the great churches in France and Spain. As they say in the new tech lingo, I'll keep you posted.

Much love,

Bill Kerley