A 25th Anniversary Ignatian Camino
In celebration of IVC’s 25th anniversary and as a sign of our commitment to the next 25, we are inviting members of our community to participate in the special experience of a pilgrimage in the Ignatian tradition.
The journey from Loyola to Manresa and then onto Barcelona is just over 300 miles. We plan to walk most of the way but will take a bus or train over more challenging terrain, and to ensure that the distances walked each day aren’t excessive. The 13-day option covers the final 70 miles.
Our route begins in Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius; we will actually stand in the family home where he experienced his initial conversion! The following weeks will take us across the mountains and valleys of the Basque Country, along the banks of the Ebro River, and through both lush vineyard and sparse desert regions.
An Ignatian Camino: Loyola to Manresa
Fall 2020 or Spring 2021
- September 23 – October 22, 2020 or April 14 – May 13, 2021*
- All pilgrimages conclude with rest and reflection in Barcelona, Spain
- Cost (in euro) for 2020: 2,630/1,250 + airfare
- Includes lodging, most meals, luggage transfer, and a guide
- First deposit due: January 10, 2020
*For those who want to participate but can’t join us for the full 30 days, there is a shorter option, the final 13 days of either pilgrimage, joining the group in the city of Lleida. Dates: October 9 – 22, 2020 or May 14 – 27, 2021
We will stay in small hotels and pilgrims’ hostels, visit ancient churches where Ignatius himself prayed, and tour cultural sites in various towns along the way. Our peak experiences will include the Benedictine Monastery at Montserrat and the Cave of Manresa—two key locations on Ignatius’ spiritual journey.
With Fr. Iriberri’s guidance, we will ground our prayer in the 30 days’ movement of the Spiritual Exercises, adding immeasurable depth and richness to our experience.
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.
We are sure that this itinerary will strengthen and motivate you; it is very possible that, just as Ignatius did, you will find inspiration to improve the world and you will commit yourself to such a laudable task.
For the 2020 trip, the cost for the full pilgrimage in euro is 2,630. The cost for the 13-day trip (in euro) is 1,250. At the current exchange rate of $1.10, that’s $2,897/$1,377 in USD.
The cost for the 2021 pilgrimage may be slightly higher and exchange rates will vary.
Included in the cost are all overnight accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, most lunches, admission to cultural sites, and luggage transfers between cities. It also covers bus and train fare along the way, and the spiritual and logistical guidance of Fr. Iriberri.
Airfare to and from Spain, some lunches, and snacks and beverages along the way are not included in the cost.
Because of the limitations of the accommodations, only 17 people can join us for each full pilgrimage, with an additional 10 people for the shorter leg of each trip.
We will stay in a variety of places, including 2-star hotels, pilgrims’ hostels, and retreat houses. Some places offer double rooms; others have shared bunkrooms. This experience, which may be out of our comfort zones, will help connect us to the heart of Ignatius, the Pilgrim.
Please plan to pack modestly, but a taxi will transport our luggage each day. We will need to carry anything we want with us as we walk, such as water, snacks, and a raincoat.
If You Wish to Go
Those who would like to join us should request an application and return it as soon as possible with a one-quarter deposit of $750 (USD) for the full Camino or $350 (USD) for the shorter option. A second deposit of the same amount will be due in March 2020.
We anticipate that volunteers will be able to negotiate a plan with their service placements so they can be away for a few weeks and still fulfill their commitment over the course of the year.
For more information: Contact Steve Eberle, IVC’s Associate Vice President for Advancement