Members’ Musings

Before you read this post, you may wish to read the post made earlier this morning in which, among other things, your prayers are requested for our National Elective Chapter which begins today.

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4 thoughts on “Members’ Musings

  1. This is such a good idea. I hope there will be a good response to this – it would be great if others took the opportunity to be able to talk about stuff in a wider forum.

    I’ve just returned (today) from Santiago de Compostela and discovered a very large and beautiful Franciscan church and friary there with mention of St Francis’ Camino to Santiago – does anyone know of any reference to this anywhere so I can find out more?

    1. Hi Maggs I looked this up and this is what I found. This was written 4 years ago in 2014.
      Santiago de Compostela and the Camino de Santiago celebrate this year a very special anniversary: it is 800 years since the pilgrimage of St Francis of Assisi, from Italy to the city.

      To commemorate St Francis visit to Santiago, various cultural, artistic and musical events are scheduled in the city and other towns along the Camino de Santiago throughout the year. Also to commemorate this special anniversary, pilgrims doing the Camino de Santiago following on the footsteps of St Francis and visiting St Francis convent will also be able to apply for a special certificate this year, called ‘Cotolaya’, in addition to the traditional ‘Compostela’. To receive the ‘Cotolaya’, pilgrims must follow the same requirements as the ‘Compostela’, get their pilgrim passport stamped, visit the cathedral and then visit the Church of San Francisco, where they will be able to apply for the ‘Cotolaya’. This Franciscan certificate is only available this year to commemorate this special anniversary.

      It is not very clear the exact route taken back in 1214 for St Francis visit to Santiago but the exhibition ‘Peregrinatio’ features images of the most likely pilgrimage route followed by St Francis, from Assisi to Santiago de Compostela. ‘Peregrinatio’ and other ‘itinerant’ exhibitions will be opening in different towns along the Camino de Santiago throughout the year.

      If you are visiting Santiago de Compostela this year, the exhibition ‘On the road’, open until late November celebrates the pilgrimage of Saint Francis to the city, with installations in iconic parts of the old town, including the Pazo de Xelmírez, as well as the church and cemetery of Bonaval.

      St Francis was also the founder of the St Francis church and convent in Santiago de Compostela. Part of the convent is also a fabulous historic 4-star hotel: San Francisco Monumento.

      There is also a “Camino” in Italy:

      The St Francis Way in Italy, also known as the Cammino di Francesco, is a superb walking trail inspired by the life of St Francis of Assisi.

      The St Francis Way takes an ancient Roman road from Florence to Rome, following in the footsteps of Saint Francis across stunning and peaceful countryside, passing important Franciscan sites such as La Verna sanctuary, Assisi and the Rieti Valley. This is quite a spectacular but challenging route recommended only for experienced walkers.

  2. Hi Mags, I had not heard about St Francis’ Camino to Santiago. One place where you might get information is at: https://www.caminodesantiago.me/
    A very useful and comprehensive forum.
    St Francis did, of course, walk around ITALY a lot, and there is a route between La Verna, Assisi and Greccio known as the Cammino di Francesco or The St Francis Way
    http://www.camminodifrancesco.it/camminodifrancesco/
    http://www.viadifrancesco.it/en/
    I have a lovely book on this route that I bought when I was in Assisi a few years ago. It is Di Qui Passo Francesco, by Angela Maria Seracchioli.
    Did you walk the Camino, Mags? Where did you start? Virginia and I plan to start the Camino next spring. I want to start at Le Puy en Velay on the Chemin du Puy, but Virginia prefers to start at St Jean Pied du Port on the Camino Frances (about half the distance). We shall see what happens …

  3. Hi Roger – there are a few memorial references in Santiago to St Francis’ visit to the cathedral I feel it must have actually happened. I will investigate further. I did my Camino in 2015 and went by bicycle with my sister. We started at Leon. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone. Yes I had a look at the Camino Francesco but decided the hills and the heat were beyond me at the time! Maybe another time but it certainly looked demanding. The Camino to Santiago is demanding but it’s got fantastic support along the route in terms of a food and accommodation so one feels safe in any circumstances!

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