Walking the Ignatian Camino for Project Bakhita

The walkers head off
The walkers head off

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ reports live on the progress of his second walk in the footsteps of St Ignatius of Loyola along the Catalan part the Ignatian Camino, from Verdu to Manresa in northern Spain.

He is undertaking this challenge with a small group to raise funds for Project Bakhita, the anti-human trafficking project of the Westminster Diocese and he reports from the trail, “as we walk we will be praying for the parish and the project and, as a group of Jesuits and friends from Farm Street, our thoughts will be very much on the community back home.  I hope you will pray for us too and maybe follow our blog on http://farmstreetcamino.blogspot.co.uk/ and our reports on Twitter”.

Walking the Ignatian Camino is now being established as an official Apostolic Work of the Society of Jesus. Many treat the Camino as an active kind of retreat, praying and discussing faith and life as they walk together.  The trail runs from Basque country Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius, to Manresa where Ignatius composed the Spiritual Exercises. 

Fr Dominic and his friends started half-way at Verdù, just over the Aragon border in Catalunya, and will walk 100 miles to Manresa, stopping on the way at places associated with Ignatius’ own life’s pilgrimage. 
On the last two days they will make their way from the Monastery of the Black Madonna of Montserrat, where Ignatius laid down his sword and dedicated his life to Jesus, to Manresa and, Fr Dominic continues, “along the way we will pray over and discuss the themes of Ignatius’ life and message”.

“As we set off on our Camino with a Mass at St Peter Claver’s Shrine we prayed especially for those affected by the evil of modern slavery, many of whom are under our nose not far from us in central London, often migrants and refugees trapped in forced labour with little or no rights”. 
You are invited to visit the Bakhita Shrine in Farm Street church and, to support the appeal by donating online here.