Many people are familiar with the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), the pilgrimage depicted in Martin Sheen’s movie The Way. Our pilgrimage is an Ignatian alternative to the traditional Camino. IVC members and staff, along with pilgrims from many other backgrounds, will trace the route that St. Ignatius walked across Spain when he left his birthplace of Loyola following his initial conversion experience. Desiring to reach Rome and then Jerusalem, Ignatius traveled on foot to the city of Manresa, where he spent ten months in prayer. This holy city became the birthplace of the Spiritual Exercises. Our guide for this walk will be Jesuit Fr. José Luis Iriberri, who will lead us both logistically and spiritually, as we align the steps of our journey with the movements of the Exercises. Our journey will take place from October 5 to November 3, with some pilgrims making the full trip and others joining for the second half.
How far is it?
The journey from Loyola to Manresa and on to Barcelona is approximately 325 miles. We will walk most of the way, averaging about 11 miles/day. At times we will take a bus or train in order to ease the more difficult segments and ensure that the distances walked are not excessive for reasonably fit people “50 and better.” The 13-day option covers the final 100 miles.
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Meet our guide
Fr. José Luis Iriberri is a Jesuit and professor on the San Ignacio Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management at the Ramón Llull University in Barcelona. In 2011, the Society of Jesus assigned him the task of beginning and promoting the Camino Ignaciano. He currently balances his academic responsibilities with his position as director of the Pilgrim’s Office. He is also the author of two books, including On the Ignatian Way with Chris Lowney.