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Catholic clergy strengthen their faith with a 100-mile hike along ancient pilgrimage trail

Catholic clergy strengthen their faith with a 100-mile hike along ancient pilgrimage trail

The Catholic News Agency reports that five members of the Catholic clergy from around the United States hiked 100 miles of an ancient pilgrimage this summer, "relying on God to give them strength to endure suffering along the way." Their hike was along the medieval "El Camino de Santiago" pilgrimage in Spain.

Participating in the trek were:

  • Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
  • Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, New Mexico;
  • Fr. Gerry Baker of Owensboro, Kentucky;
  • Fr. Don Kline of Phoenix, Arizona; and
  • Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver, Colorado.

The five began their hike on August 21 to and completed it on August 28. They would get up at 6 in the morning, pray, and hike until about 2 in the afternoon. They celebrated the Pilgrims Mass in the evening.

The Catholic News Agency explains that El Camino de Santiago translates to "The Way of St. James" and is an ancient pilgrimage consisting of a network of trails all leading to the tomb of the saint in Santiago, Spain. "Pilgrims have been making the journey for well over a thousand years to commemorate the life and sacrifice of the apostle," CNA reports.

Archbishop Coakley said "his faith in God was strengthened by the trials he encountered along the Camino."


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