Camino 2022 – Day 16 – to Navarette

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Joan Allabaugh and Robby Allabaugh for their special intentions.


Today was a fairly easy day of terrains, inclines, declines, and paths…. But where the road was easier…the heat made up for the extra effort of walking!!! But we made the most of the day to offer up prayers for our friends Joan and Robby today. It’s a special feeling to imagine that heavy pack and hot walk up the hills is a burden of another that you are privileged to help carry. It makes the walk much more joyful!

As we were leaving Logroño we noticed a parish church along the road which is built into a 4 story apartment building! St Michael the Archangel parish church is the first floor of this building and I thought how awesome is that to have your parish attached to the building in which you live?! There really is no excuse not to go to church then is there? ☺️

Today we walked for a long time on a bike trail and through local parks even coming up on some parks in the woods with many local children playing. There were so many kids we were wondering if there was school today or if perhaps they took the day off because it is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi?

Thinking of St Francis, today was the first time we saw squirrels in Spain. We were wondering if they had any… today we have our answer.

As we got further out of the parks and started making our way along the highway we came across the long stretch of chain link fence where pilgrims have made makeshift crosses out of wood, thorns, weeds and cloth. Lisa found her own way of making some shade during this very hot part of our trek.

As we approached Navarrete we passed the ruins of an ancient hospital for pilgrims which is now located adjacent to a huge winery. If only that bottle of wine were real!


Tonight we got to stay in a local albergue named after my patron saint Ignatius of Loyola. All of the rooms are named after points of his pilgrimage. But tonight I’m thinking about St Francis of Assisi as it is his feast day and there was a beautiful statue of him in the parish Church in the center of town.

After dinner I went back to the church to do my evening prayer and as I sat alone in the church before the presence of Jesus in the Tabernacle, I was thinking again of my own question on this journey. What do I do after? What is Jesus calling me to do with my life, ministry, Diaconate?

The prayer of St Francis of Assisi came to mind. “Make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.”

What if I just spent the rest of my life trying to live those words to the full?

Yes…I think that could be my answer.

Buen Camino 🙏❤️


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Joan Allabaugh and Robby Allabaugh for their special intentions.

Camino 2022 – Day 15 – Logroño

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: all the men and their wives in formation in the Orland diocese diaconate program. (Particularly Danny & Sarita and Wendell and Virginia from our parish)


We took a taxi back to Sansol to pick up where we left off on Saturday. Having been refreshed by a Sunday in Logroño, we left our packs and walked just with a day pack. My knees and Lisa’s feet really appreciated a day without the extra 20-25 lbs!

We saw some familiar areas along this path including these cool rock formations and a tree with all the nations flags (and various Pilgrim offerings).

When we arrived in Viana, about the half way point of the day, we got a chance to recreate a photo from our 2016 Camino, eating lunch at the same table and cafe in front of the same church still under construction for restoration.

Today we met a couple from Buffalo, NY who were praying the rosary on the path at the same time we were. That Catholic bond was immediately kindled as we shared a rest at a small pop up cafe on the path. Tom is a convert like us from 4 years ago and Rose is a cradle Catholic. They shared all about their pilgrimage experiences including Međugorje, Jerusalem, and Lourdes.

Our spiritual challenge of the day was walking in the heat and all of the flies. It was the hottest day yet and we were inundated with flies and gnats.

Today I prayed all 4 mysteries of the rosary. The first time I had done all 4 in one day. My meditation was for our couples in formation for the diaconate. As the flies were increasing, I thought about all the obstacles that are part of the formation journey, and all of the little annoyances which try to discourage you. Press ahead and keep praying!

As we crossed the last hill coming into Logroño, we could see the city in the distance with the various churches dotting the landscape. One of the little blessings we found was in a park just as you enter the city it has a water feature with a mosaic of the Santiago shell and just enough cold water for us to soak our feet! I don’t know if that’s what this is meant for… but we just figured it was hospitality for the pilgrims walking into the city ☺️☺️

We passed by Saint Bartolomeo church and gave thanks before the Tabernacle spending a few moments with the presence of Jesus in that holy sacrament! “And behold I am with you always even to the end of the age“.

Buen Camino ❤️🙏


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: all the men and their wives in formation in the Orland diocese diaconate program. (Particularly Danny & Sarita and Wendell and Virginia from our parish)

Camino 2022 – Day 14 – Rest day in Logroño

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: we pray for all of the intentions on our list as we took this day of rest at Mass.


Today we took a day of rest in the city of Logroño. There were not too many places available in our last village of Sansol, so we adapted to the Camino and took a bus into Logroño where there were many options for accommodations and some beautiful churches.

We got to walk around the city, visit some of the churches, and decided to wait until 7:30 p.m. for the pilgrims Mass at the parish church of “Santiago El Real”. It was a beautiful mass and at the end all of the pilgrims were called forth to kneel at the altar for a special blessing. The priest encouraged us to say with the disciples from today’s gospel,increase our faith“.

He said when we’re climbing a mountain or descending down the other side of one and find the journey difficult remember that prayer.. increase our faith. When we feel like we can no longer go on towards Santiago de Compostela remember that prayer.. increase our faith.

While I was saying my evening prayer at the back of the church a woman approached Lisa and asked if she was a pilgrim and if she spoke English. She then invited Lisa to participate in the mass by reading two of the prayers from the universal prayer during the mass. Another man was chosen to read the intercessions in French and the woman who organized everything read the ones in Spanish.

This was the first time Lisa ever participated as a reader in a mass! “Increase our faith!!”

We also enjoyed the local food and once again found our new drink…Kalimotxo.

Tomorrow morning we get a ride back to Sansol and continue our Camino walking.

Today was a beautiful day of rest and a chance to worship with the body of Christ at large here in Spain. We certainly love the beauty and the history of the many parish churches we have visited. But our greatest love is for our home parish… Blessed Sacrament. We sure do miss all of our parish family and continue to hold them in our hearts as they continue to pray for us.

Buen Camino. ❤️🙏

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: we pray for all of the intentions on our list as we took this day of rest at Mass.

Camino 2022 – Day 13 – to Sansol

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Lisa Kuhlman to find safe affordable housing.


Today was a very crisp cold morning to begin with but we were walking with the sunrise of the day. The path was mostly a descent into the next town. Our first stage was 7.6 miles to Los Arcos with no towns or stops or water in between. But the scenery was beautiful with mountains in the distance and plenty of farmland with huge hay bale structures!

It’s funny that we were reading how crowded the Camino was this year. It is a holy year declared by Pope Francis and also plenty of pent up Pilgrims from the covid period, now making their pilgrimage. But we must be in a sweet spot of all the pilgrims because we counted only eight total for this entire day that we encountered.

This has provided us with a lot of silence and much needed solitude for our journey. Most pilgrims simply say “Buen Camino” and keep on walking but some we see over and over as we stop or they stop and we get to know them a little bit. Today we encountered Tessa from Australia who is noticeable from a distance because she wears a bright pink hat. Another woman we saw a few days ago named Debbie from Canada was part of our walk today as we listen to her concerns about her family back home. The encounters are short-lived but you can feel the connection with people as you walk and share the same path towards the same goal.

As we entered Los Arcos we were greeted by the town’s early warning system of honking geese and noisy goats. We found the Town square for a brief rest and I checked on the local church which was locked at that time. But as I turned to the left there was a long corridor with an old crucifix at the end where I found a bench to do my morning prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours. As I was walking away to return to the table to meet Lisa I encountered another pilgrim who was also checking the church doors. He agreed my spot was also a good place for his morning prayers. It’s good to encounter faith in others on the Camino.

As we were getting ready to leave Los Arcos a man named Ed from Pennsylvania started up a conversation with us. He is not a religious man but he walks the Camino to be part of nature. He came over and gave a butterfly pin to Lisa as a gift to go with her beautiful scarf that she’s been wearing. We talked a bit about the Catholic Church and about faith and then Lisa and I began our last stretch to Sansol.

It was quite amazing because Lisa had been thinking about how she had not seen any butterflies this whole time on the Camino and they were abundant the last time we were here. The butterfly represents transformation and part of our Camino journey. Just as we were departing Los Arcos, along the path were wildflowers and so many butterflies! All of this was on the feast day of Saint Therese of Lisieux which brought tears to Lisa’s eyes and much joy to her heart!!!

We found dinner that evening at a local restaurant that offered vegetarian options for Lisa. The waitress was a young girl who spoke perfect English and we struck up a conversation. When we asked for sangria we found out they had none. But she offered us a drink that might be similar, a local drink in Spain which is a mixture of wine and coca-cola. We would never have thought of this combination but it turned out to be quite good! It is now our go-to drink when we cannot find sangria!

We will take Sunday off to rest and go to a pilgrims Mass at the church of Santiago.

We continue to pray for all of our friends and family in Florida and those reflected by the hurricane as well as all of the prayer intentions we carry with us each day. Thank you for those who read our daily journal and give us such kind feedback and encouragement on Facebook.

Buen Camino.


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Lisa Kuhlman to find safe affordable housing.

Camino 2022 – Day 12 – to Villamayor de Madjarín

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Our homebound parishioners and those in assisted living facilities.  Especially those affected by hurricane Ian. 


As we left Estella this morning we came upon Iglesia de San Pedro de la Rúa. This is a beautiful church but you have to climb a lot of stairs to reach the doors!  Yet once inside we were warmly greeted by volunteers who offered to stamp our passport for the Camino, gave us a prayer card, and watched over our backpacks while we prayed and toured the church. 

Before we left the same woman invited us to see the cloister area behind the church and then showed us the elevator to take us back down to the street!  What warm hospitality for us Pilgrims!!

Today we found the wine fountain at Irache.  An awesome tradition to drink from the fountain and receive strength for the rest of the Camino!  This is adjacent to a Benedictine monastery which is now closed, but still a beautiful sight!

We spent most of the day alone.  No Pilgrims to walk with us today.  But that afforded us some quiet moments to pray the rosary and contemplate God’s power in the beauty around us.

We arrived at Villamayor de Madjarín and thankfully found a bed for the night.  Everything is fully booked around here for the next week with all the Pilgrims ahead of us.   Tonight Lisa and I made use of the kitchen in the albergue and made some pasta, salad and had bread and wine. The day ended as it had begun…just the two of us enjoying the silence and solitude with each other.  

Today’s reading from the Magnificat certainly points to the truth of our lives as we see ourselves rightly in this huge creation called Earth! 

Who am I Lord?  I am so small in this world.  How wonderful that you know us by name, and know every hair on our head, and care for every detail of our lives.

Buen Camino 🙏❤️

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Our homebound parishioners and those in assisted living facilities.  Especially those affected by hurricane Ian. 

Camino 2022 – Day 11 – to Estella

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Mary Ellen Pollock on her birthday, and in honor of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.


Today started as a rainy cold walk but ended with great warmth as we met a couple of pilgrims and spent time with them on our journey today.

We left Puenta La Reina after warming up with some cafe con leche, checking in on our daughters and continuing to pray for Florida in the aftermath of hurricane Ian. We stopped at the first church we found open, and had a moment of adoration and prayer before Jesus’ presence in the Tabernacle. There was also a beautiful statue of Jesus with a basket in front of the statue where people would put their prayer intentions.

We were giving praise and thanks to God for his Holy Angels today who guide us and protect us throughout our lives. How often we neglect thinking these wonderful creatures of God who have been with us our entire lives and watch over us and guide us towards our heavenly destination.

We met a man from the Czech Republic today named Dominik.

Dominik has already walked over 500 km starting his journey from Austria and crossing the alps. He shared with me his life story growing up as a child under communism. As we walked together for about 3 or 4 hours I listened to his story, his sorrows over the loss of his brother, and his hope for his future. He walked with us all the way to the end of our day where we said our goodbyes and became connections on Instagram so we can continue following each other’s journey. The conversation and the friendship helped me to go about 5 miles more than I thought I could go today. 😊

As Lisa and I and Dominik were taking a break in a local cafe, we met this man named Phille. He is biking across France, Spain, and into Portugal. His destination is Fatima. He shared with us how he is raising money for a charity to support a triathlete who was injured and is now paralyzed. He himself has an injury on his foot that after multiple surgeries the doctors are still recommending amputation. But he also shared with us how his faith has been returning to him on this journey and along the way God has been showing his love to him through others.

I told him we would add him to our prayer list and dedicate a day to not only his mission but to his healing and the increase of his faith in Christ. Before we parted ways he let me pray for him and give him a blessing.

As we were nearing the end of our day looking across the fields of wheat that have been harvested, we noticed among the stalks one lone sunflower. We have seen fields of sunflowers which are now faded and brown. Amidst all of the rain, cloudiness, and cold this Little Flower was a ray of hope and sunshine in our day.

The Father continues to show us how he provides for us each day. Food to eat, shelter for the night, and new friendships along the path.

As we entered Estella, we were greeted by this towering church at the center. Reminding us that God has given us all we need for life and salvation in Christ, in His church, in His sacraments.

Buen Camino ❤️🙏

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Mary Ellen Pollock on her birthday, and in honor of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

Camino 2022 – Day 10 – Puerta La Reina

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: The state of Florida and those in the path of hurricane Ian. Also for Elizabeth Schlacter awaiting surgery.


We started a very cold day with a steep climb towards the nearby mountain with windmills along the ridge. This is a famous spot along the Camino featured in the movie “The Way ” (featured at the end of the movie trailer). I think we even made it into somebody’s documentary that they were filming on the way up there. We also were greeted by hundreds of middle grade students who are hiking this path up to the windmills.

The descent was down a treacherous path of rocks which brought back a lot of memories from our first Camino. Always a challenge but also something to laugh at ourselves from our previous memories and stories of this stretch of the Camino.

A beautiful moment of the day was when we reached a high point of the path to a small grotto dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We sat and prayed the midday prayer from the liturgy of the hours. Another man came and sat down next to me and listened to us as we prayed, he himself offering his own prayers in Spanish.

Towards the end of the day we found ourselves outside a beautiful Church. Many of the churches here have been closed along the path, which is different than our previous Camino when we could easily visit inside every Church along the way. We are not sure if it is the lack of priests in the area, or possibly the anti-catholic sentiments in the world today, or just post covid. But at least we could sit along the benches outside the parish doors to take a break in a moment of prayer.

Our day ended at a nearby albergue which had a great bar and restaurant attached. We were fortunate enough to find a room with a large bed and a soaker tub! It was a treat beyond our expectations for the day.

A really wonderful sign in the skies was this beautiful rainbow as we prayed this day for Florida and the impending hurricane Ian. We continue to pray for those affected by the storm especially the most vulnerable, the homeless, and those without resources.

The covenant promise in view

Buen Camino 🙏❤️

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: The state of Florida and those in the path of hurricane Ian. Also for Elizabeth Schlacter awaiting surgery.

Camino 2022 – Day 9 – Pamplona and Cizur Menor

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Eileen Schiebner and her daughter Elizabeth for healing and grace.


Today was a short walk into Pamplona. We stayed just a couple miles outside the city so this was overall an easier day of walking which was good because we are nursing some minor strains from the last couple of big days mountains.

It is always remarkable to see structures that are older than our own country. The bridge we walked across today was built in the 1100s. We took a day to see some of the city and especially the beautiful cathedral here in the center of Pamplona. It was especially beautiful to take some time for prayer in this sacred space.

We took well over 100 pictures today so you’ll have to go to our album to see them all. One moment I was especially blessed by was after observing groups of people on tours and being slightly saddened that the cathedral seemed more of a museum than a sacred space, one of the groups broke into spontaneous song after their tour guide gave them a presentation.

One of our favorite moments was finding the side chapel where the Blessed Sacrament was present for adoration. Finding that lit red candle brings joy to your heart!

As we continued through the city we found another church built in honor of my patron saint, Saint Ignatius of Loyola. What a joy to find they were having adoration at that moment as well! So we spent a few moments saying hello to Jesus.

Tomorrow will be a much longer day of walking as we begin our ascent over the next set of mountains. Rain is in the forecast and so we will be offering up tomorrow for the intention of all of Florida and the areas impacted by the coming hurricane.

Windmills in the distance. We will see them up close in the morning.

We continue to keep you all in prayer especially those in need of healing and the consolation of Jesus Christ.

Buen Camino ❤️.

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Eileen Schiebner and her daughter Elizabeth for healing and grace.

Camino 2022 – Day 8 – Burlada

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Nate Palmer as he enters into service in the Marines. Also for Christine Palmer and all care givers who need continued grace from the Holy Spirit to serve and minister to their loved ones.


We were ready to get moving this morning as the night’s sleep was in a slightly damp bed 😅. But we found a good breakfast nearby of cafe con leche and toasted bread, cheese, and tomato. A good start to the day.

The walk began immediately up hill and we got a view of the path for the day.

We are settling into the rhythm of walking, prayer and silence. We left a little later this morning so most of the other Pilgrims in the area were already a couple hours ahead of us.

Today we prayed for a young man from our parish, Nate, who is joining the Marines. I was thinking today about service. Lisa and I talked about how this time the Camino wasn’t necessarily easier, but having a specific intention to offer up and pray each day, gave us the strength we needed to keep going.

We prayed for Nate’s mom Christine who has been lovingly caring for her mom and doing so with such grace and joy. As we walked alone for most of the day, we thought about all the care givers who are alone, sometimes not being able to get out of the house, go to church, or go on vacation….because they have laid down their lives, at least for a season, for their aging parents, ill children, spouse or other family members.

The reading from the liturgy of the hours today, providentially says, “He comforts us in all our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble, with the same consolation we have received from him. As we have shared much in the suffering of Christ, so through Christ do we share abundantly in his consolation.”

Nate is embarking on a journey of service to our country. Christine lives a life of service to her mom and family and parish family. It is in this pouring out of ourselves for love of Jesus that He gives us His consolation and joy and strength. (“As you’ve done it to the least of these, you’ve done it to me”)

The Camino of our life is not always easy, or pretty, and is sometimes lonely or long. But God is working in all things for our sanctification and salvation.

And just when we need it, He provides grace, refreshment, and joy!

Our funny story of the day: We REALLY needed a bathroom but everywhere we stopped they had closed for the midday siesta. We stumbled upon a construction site that was next door to an albergue we had stayed at before. I asked one of the workers if we could use their “facilities”.

He laughed and said something to the effect of us taking our lives into our own hands. But it was a MUCH better option than the options in nature 🙂


To all those who give their lives in service to others….keep going. Keep walking. Know that you are loved.

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Nate Palmer as he enters into service in the Marines. Also for Christine Palmer and all care givers who need continued grace from the Holy Spirit to serve and minister to their loved ones.

Camino 2022 – Day 7 – Zubiri

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Barb Lynch and her 9 week old twin grandchildren Chloe & Myles still in the NICU – and their parents (Barb’s daughter Shannon & her husband Nick) as well as her family overall.

Today we walked from Roncevalles to Zubiri:

13.3 miles with a lot of elevation change

We started out from Roncevalles after a decent night’s sleep. Thanks to ear plugs we made it through all the snoring of the surrounding Pilgrims ❤️. Lights came on at 6am for everyone to start packing up and leaving. So an early start to this Sunday morning!

Only 490.9 Mike’s to go!!

We skipped the restaurant at the albergue/monastery and thought we would walk for an hour before finding coffee and breakfast since we started so early. We forgot that in Spain… places actually close on Sunday! Like Chick-fil-A in the states!

But we got to see some great sunrise moments and experienced the stillness of the morning with the cows and sheep beginning their day.

The day started off with small challenges on the walk… like walking over these pillars so as to not get our feet wet (today was a sandal day)

One lesson learned (our relearned) is that there are times we have multiple choices as to where to go. But the Camino is a set path…with signs along the way. So we look for the signs, as small as they are, to show us the path at the fork in the road….

If it were up to us, we would have chosen the easy road. The quick road. But this path was anything but easy and quick! It was hard and at times painful….

But there was also beauty in this path. We walked with, and passed, and walked with again a few Pilgrims who shared their story and inspiration for the Camino with us. Like Patrick and Anatolia from Australia.

We reached Zubiri and found a private room to try to get a better night’s sleep. The Holy Spirit led us to a man who called a fellow property owner because everywhere in this town was full! But we got a room and were grateful. Even though the room turned out to be not so clean, with old bed sheets and creaky bed, we made the best of it in a room without 100 other Pilgrims snoring 😄

Unfortunately the church in town was locked. But I found a nearby river to say evening prayer and took in the beauty of God’s creation. The prayer that evening was:

Father, creator and ruler of heaven and earth, you made man in your likeness to subdue the earth and master it, and to recognize the work of your hands in created beauty. Grant that your children, thus surrounded on all sides by signs of your presence, may live continually in Christ, praising you through him and with him.

As we prayed for the little ones in the NICU, we remembered it is s God’s presence that brings peace. Please continue to pray for the baby twins and their family. Buen Camino ❤️

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Barb Lynch and her 9 week old twin grandchildren Chloe & Myles still in the NICU – and their parents (Barb’s daughter Shannon & her husband Nick) as well as her family overall.

Camino 2022 – Day 6 – Roncevalles

Today was our first day of walking on the Camino. We left St Jean Pied de Port St 7:30 am and arrived in Roncevalles at 5:00 pm. What a day!!!


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: For the salvation of souls, especially those most in need of God’s mercy.

Total Miles Walked: 16 / Total Elevation Climbed: 4300 feet


The day started out in quiet before the sunrise. We made a stop at the church to thank Jesus for His presence and ask for His peace today.

We had forgotten how hard of a climb the first couple of hours are! We ascended about 800 feet per hour. In 2016 we sent our backpacks ahead. This time we carried the extra 20-25 lbs.

Although I prayed often, asking God and the angels to keep the rain away…it appears God’s will was for rain! And the temperature dropped to high 40s.

But this provided for our spiritual journey as our intention was for the salvation of souls. What better way to unite ourselves to Christ’s cross than with some bodily suffering.

But thankfully about 5 miles in we reached Orrison and we’re blessed with a warm bowl of soup and some much needed coffee!

Today we met people from all over the world. And by the time we reached Roncevalles, we were able to attend mass and receive a pilgrim blessing for our journey.

Dinner and a warm bed (well … Bunk beds) are the end to this challenging day.

We now drift off to the sounds of snoring that would make you think there are a few Darth Vader’s in the adjacent bunks 😂


The Lord certainly knew what we needed today for the weather and to put us in the mindset of penance and intercession for others. When the rain started I just had to accept His will. It wasn’t fun today….but it was good. The joy of reaching the end of this day far surpassed the suffering in the body for those hours climbing the mountain. What can be more important than the salvation of souls?

Buen Camino ❤️

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: For the salvation of souls, especially those most in need of God’s mercy.

Camino 2022 – Day 5 – A day in St Jean Pied de Port (preparation)

We did our final preparations today and had a day to revisit St Jean Pied de Port with many memories coming back to us.


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: For those who have lost a loved one to death in this last year. That the presence of Jesus would comfort them in their grief and loneliness and for the Holy Spirit to bring peace and joy. (We prayed for you by name but don’t want to infringe on your privacy).


We started the day with some beautiful views of the morning clouds, a walk through St Jean, a visit to the Pilgrim office to collect our shells and passport to begin the walking tomorrow. (First stamps and we are officially Pilgrims!)

Our first stamp in the passport makes us officially Pilgrims ❤️

After that we found a spot for our traditional Camino breakfast; cafe con leche and chocolate pastry 😊

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Camino 2022 – Day 4 – St Jean Pied de Port

Today was a travel day from Lisieux to St Jean Pied de Port where we will begin the 500 mile Camino to Santiago


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Virginia Motter special intentions for family healing and parish ministry.


It was refreshing to begin the day with such cool weather. We could actually see our breath in the 43 degree morning!

We successfully navigated 3 train changes and had a good day on the trains to pray and see the French countryside. We are not big fans of major cities so it was nice to get outside of Paris and see the rural areas.

When we arrived in Bayonne we saw many pilgrims all lined up looking for the train to St Jean. You know you’re getting close when the backpacks begin to appear!!

We checked into our small “flat” and decided to make use of the kitchen for one last home cooked meal before the days of taverns and alburgues begin.

One last reflection for the day. We are discussing how this pilgrimage is beginning much differently than our last experience with the Camino. In 2016 we travelled to Rome and then made our way here to St Jean Pied de Port. This time, our experience by our own choices, is more austere. No fancy dinners, very basic accommodations, and less sight seeing. I have a feeling that this Camino is already providing what we need. More for our souls to grow in gracethat’s my hope.

So from 2016 to 2022…..

Buen Camino!!

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Virginia Motter special intentions for family healing and parish ministry.

Camino 2022 – Day 3 – Lisieux

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Andrea Herrmann Gwilt and Mary Curtis Daly. Also happy birthday to Ed Pollack on his 80th birthday. We ask for intercession from St Therese of Lisieux for all these prayer intentions.


Our journey today began with navigating the various Metro trains to get to the central train station. I patted myself in the back a little too soon in the day because once we got to the central train station it was chaotic!

We had 10 minutes to find our train and buy a ticket and no idea where to go. If we missed this one we would have to wait another 3 hours which would take away time in Lisieux.

A prayer to the Holy Spirit and a plea to my guardian Angel to help and we finally found the right section and terminal for the tickets. It was a good reminder to me to walk in peace and trust God ..even when (especially when) I can’t control the outcome.

With the help of the Holy Spirit (and Lisa finding the ticket machine) we found our way to the right train.

The challenges continued as our train was 30 minutes late and we missed the connecting train. But this gave us the opportunity to ride a bus through part of France and connect back to the train to Lisieux.

The burial place of St Therese of Lisieux

This side trip was totally worth it to be able to visit the burial place of St Therese of Lisieux at the convent where she and her sisters are buried. We then walked over to the basilica which has to be one of the most beautiful basilica churches we have visited!

The extra bonus was deciding to continue walking up the stairs to the rear of the basilica. There is a large stations of the Cross with a beautiful outdoor altar area. It is here that we found the final resting place for the parents of St Therese of Lisieux.

A great reminder today the small things we do in love can help lead us to a life of holiness and eventually to be saints in heaven. St Therese of Lisieux shows us the “little way” of doing small things with great love. Her parents show us what a life of self gift leads to.

St Teresa of Lisieux…pray for us.

Now we are ready for bed and tomorrow back to the trains for our journey to St Jean Pied de Port and the beginning of our 500 miles. True, the Camino has already begun in our hearts as God has used this time to prepare us for the pilgrimage.

Buen Camino friends…


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Andrea Herrmann Gwilt and Mary Curtis Daly. Also happy birthday to Ed Pollack on his 80th birthday. We ask for intercession from St Therese of Lisieux for all these prayer intentions.

Camino day 2 – Paris

Today’s photos can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intention: our parish priests Fr Mark, Fr Roy, and Fr Augusto and the priests of our diocese.


We flew into France and took a train to Paris where we booked a small room in a hostel. Very appropriate feel for the beginning of this Camino journey.

The cheapest place in Paris. But clean and comfortable.

We slept hard and slept in to get over the jet leg. The second day we had to see a couple of sites in Paris. It was a good transition day as we walked about 10 miles to Notre Dame, then to the Eiffel Tower, and then back to the hostel.

Nothing really made our heart leap except this moment when we found a small church with an adoration chapel… And Jesus is present in the Tabernacle in the Eucharist!

St John Paul II chapel

Lisa and I talked about how Paris is nice. These major attractions were nice to visit. But nothing really moved our hearts today like this moment alone in a chapel with the Lord.

Tomorrow we head to Lisieux to visit the home and convent of St Therese of Lisieux.

Today’s photos can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intention: our parish priests Fr Mark, Fr Roy, and Fr Augusto and the priests of our diocese.

Until tomorrow… Buen Camino!!