Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Louis Catalan, SJ

  • Departure Date:

    September 26, 2017

  • Countries:

    Spain

Pilgrimage Highlights

Bilbao

Bilbao is a city in northern Spain, the largest city in the province of Biscay and in the Basque Country...

Bilbao is a city in northern Spain, the largest city in the province of Biscay and in the Basque Country as a whole. Bilbao is the 10th largest city in Spain.

Bilbao was at one time the wealthiest city in Spain. It’s wealth at the beginning of the 20th century due to mining, steel and shipbuilding. Later the city began to move away from industry towards tourism and underwent a major urban renewal.

Bilbao is the new modern face of the Basque Country. The city has been able to successfully mix traditional Basque culture with a new vision for the future.  It is the most cosmopolitan of the cities in the region and is constantly evolving. Bilbao now boasts having the Guggenheim Museum,  a timeless Metro system and an airport from Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, etc.

The Sanctuary of Loyola or Shrine and Basilica of Loyola consists of a series of edifices built in Churrigueresque Baroque...

The Sanctuary of Loyola or Shrine and Basilica of Loyola consists of a series of edifices built in Churrigueresque Baroque style around the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola,  founder of the Society of Jesus.

The sanctuary stands along the river Urola at the neighbourhood of Loyola (Loiola, a place-name meaning ‘foundry made in clad’, or possibly ‘hut made in clad’) in the municipality of Azpeitia, Basque Country, Spain.

Ignatius of Loyola, whose real name was Iñigo López de Loyola, was the son of the Lord of Loyola, Beltrán Ibáñez de Oñaz and Marina Sánchez de Licona, member of an important Biscayan family. He was born in 1491 in his family house in Loyola.

After he died his birthplace became a place of veneration. In the seventeenth century the house where he was born was given to the Society of Jesus. The Order built there, near the birthplace of its founder, the Sanctuary of Loyola.

Zumarraga

Zumarraga is a municipality in Gipuzkoa province of the Basque Country autonomous community of Spain. In 1446 a battle took...

Zumarraga is a municipality in Gipuzkoa province of the Basque Country autonomous community of Spain. In 1446 a battle took place there during the War of the Brands. It is the birthplace of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, conquistador who explored the Pacific Islands and the East Indies.

The Franciscan Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu is located in Onati, in the province of Guipuzcoa, Basque Country, Spain....

The Franciscan Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu is located in Onati, in the province of Guipuzcoa, Basque Country, Spain. The location enjoys the peaceful atmosphere of the Aizkorri mountain range. At this site, according to very old legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to a shepherd, Rodrigo de Balanzategui in 1468. According to this legend, the figure of Mary was in a thorn bush, and Rodrigo cried out, “Arantzan zu?” (Thou, among the thorns?!). This gave rise to the place’s name. An explanation of the word origin is that it stems from a combination of arantza and zu, “place abounding in hawthorn.” Thus Mary is often referred to here as Our Lady of the Thorns.

St. Ignatius of Loyola spent the night in vigil at this shrine and made a vow of chastity.

Araia

Araia is a village in the province of Alava, Basque Country, Spain. It is the capital of the municipality of...

Araia is a village in the province of Alava, Basque Country, Spain. It is the capital of the municipality of Asparrena. It has an altitude of 604 meters. One of the medieval roads from the port of San Adrian to the Plains of Alava passed through Araia. It was an important pilgrimage and trade route.

Alda

Alda in the region of Basque Country is a town in Spain – some 176 mi (or 284 km) North-East...

Alda in the region of Basque Country is a town in Spain – some 176 mi (or 284 km) North-East of Madrid, the country’s capital city.

Santo Cruz de Campezo

Campezo is a municipality located in the province of Alava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain. The municipality lies on...

Campezo is a municipality located in the province of Alava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain. The municipality lies on the western side of the Codes mountain range.

Santo Cruz de Campezo, surrounded by the Sierra de Codes, the Hornillos and San Cristóbal Mountains and the Sierra de Loquiz, boasts an attractive, serene and well-preserved landscape

Genevilla

Genevilla in the region of Navarre with it’s 100 citizens is located in Spain – some 168 mi (or 271...

Genevilla in the region of Navarre with it’s 100 citizens is located in Spain – some 168 mi (or 271 km) North-East of Madrid, the country’s capital city.

Kripan

Kripan is a town and municipality located in the province of Alava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain.

Kripan is a town and municipality located in the province of Alava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain.

Laguardia

Set atop a hill in the middle of a valley is the picture-perfect town of Laguardia. This walled town is...

Set atop a hill in the middle of a valley is the picture-perfect town of Laguardia. This walled town is surrounded by vineyards on all sides and offers a glimpse into the region’s wine making past.

Founded in the 10th century as a defense town for the kingdom of Navarra, this beautiful walled town is located in a hill overlooking the vineyards, with the Cantabrian Mountains in the background. It is without a doubt the most known, but also the most attractive, town of the region. Enjoy the walk through the medieval narrow streets and stop at one of the multiple bars to try some local wine accompanied by a ración or a pintxo.

Navarrete

Navarrete is a municipality of the autonomous community in La Rioja, Spain. It is located between Logrono and Najera on...

Navarrete is a municipality of the autonomous community in La Rioja, Spain. It is located between Logrono and Najera on the Way of St. James, a medieval pilgrim route. The pilgrimage route runs right along the village’s main street. The old part of the village has the Cultural Property designation on account of its historic value. Navarrete became more important in the 12th century. Houses and palaces with coats of arms bear witness to its glorious past. It is interesting to note the cross of Santiago and other related symbols amongst the different ornamental motifs of the village. A special place to visit is the Parish Church of the Assumption (16th century) with its three naves, home to a one of the most stunning Baroque retablos in Spain.

Luceni

Luceni is a municipality located in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. According to the 2004 census, the municipality has...

Luceni is a municipality located in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. According to the 2004 census, the municipality has a population of 1,048 inhabitants.

Alagon

Alagon is a municipality located in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. It is the county seat of the Ribera...

Alagon is a municipality located in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. It is the county seat of the Ribera Alta region of the Ebro and forms part of the Zaragoza Metropolitan Area. It is specifically 25km from the capital.

Throughout the Middle Ages the three cultures, the Muslim and Christian Jewish communities, will coexist or coexist within their walled enclosure; Each with its special characteristics, life forms and its own idiosyncrasy. In the 20th century, Alagón saw the birth of industrial activities that were added to the traditional agricultural and commercial areas. In 1905, the Azucarera was established and finally, in 1980, Opel España in the neighboring town of Figueruelas.

Visitors looking for interesting places to visit in and around the Alagon area will not want to miss out on the Plaza de Espana, Neptune Fountain and Aljaferia. The Santa Maria Magdalena Church offer visitors to Zaragoza the opportunity to better understand the part religion has played in the area.

Monzalbarba

Monzalbarba is a rural district of Zaragoza which is located 11 km northwest of the center of the capital. It...

Monzalbarba is a rural district of Zaragoza which is located 11 km northwest of the center of the capital. It is located on the right bank of the river Ebro. Its old center is organized around the streets of Enmedio and San Blas and contains five blocks in which most of the buildings are cataloged individually within the Catalog of Buildings and Sets of Historic Artistic Interest contained in the General Plan of Urban Organization of Zaragoza.

Las Ventas de Santa Lucia

Las Ventas de Santa Lucia is a town in the municipality of Graus, Aragaon Spain. Graus is a village in...

Las Ventas de Santa Lucia is a town in the municipality of Graus, Aragaon Spain. Graus is a village in the Spanish province of Huesca located in the Pyrenees at the confluence of rivers Esera and Isaberna.

Bujaraloz

Bujaraloz is a municipality of Spain, in the province of Zaragoza, Autonomous Community of Aragon. In Bujaraloz, there are numerous...

Bujaraloz is a municipality of Spain, in the province of Zaragoza, Autonomous Community of Aragon. In Bujaraloz, there are numerous artistic and natural monuments such as the Church of Santiago (12th century), the Hermitage of the Virgin of the Snows (17th century), the Hermitage of San Anton, the Palace Towers Solanot noble building of the 17th century and the Well of the Ice recently restored.

The well known Monegros Desert is centered around the town of Bujaraloz and offers the visitor an exciting combination of birds and habitats.

Castellnou de Seana

Castellnou de Seana is a village in the province of Lleida and autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain. Well known tourist...

Castellnou de Seana is a village in the province of Lleida and autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain. Well known tourist places include:  (1)  the Parochial church of San Juan Bautista —  17th century, old Romanesque church with a remarkable bell tower and a huge shell on the main altar; (2) Cal Blasso — former ancestral home with a beautiful stone facade built between the 16th and 17th centuries; (3)  Capella de la Creu de terme — Chapel of New Construction. This is located at the entrance to the village. It is a small showcase where there is the image of the Virgin.

Verdu

Verdu is a village and municipality in the province of Lleida, in Catalonia, Spain. Its landscape consists of rolling hills...

Verdu is a village and municipality in the province of Lleida, in Catalonia, Spain. Its landscape consists of rolling hills with valleys and plains cultivated with grain, vineyards and olive and almond trees. The Segarra-Garrigues canal and the Montblanc-Tarrega highway both bisect the municipality, passing to the west of the town.

Today, Verdu is known for wine, pottery, its historic buildings such as its Castle and the Church of Santa Maria, its notable native St. Peter Claver, and recently its toy museum.

Cervera

Cervera is the capital of the region of Segarra, located between the mountain pass of Les Savines ant the Ondara...

Cervera is the capital of the region of Segarra, located between the mountain pass of Les Savines ant the Ondara riverbank, in the province of Lleida, Catalonia. Its historic center has been declared of cultural interest.

This town carries out an intense commercial and industrial activity, especially in the field of agriculture, as well as the service industry. It is also the centre of an exciting cultural and artistic life, which can be seen specially at the Stately Home of Duran i Sanpere, in the International Music Courses held here, and the traditional plays of the Passion of Christ.

Saint Pau de la Guardia

Saint Pau de la Guardia is a small village in the municipality of El Bruc in the Anoia region of...

Saint Pau de la Guardia is a small village in the municipality of El Bruc in the Anoia region of Catalonia, Spain.

Saint Pau de la Guardia is in the last stages of the Camino Ignaciano, with it being 11.4 km to the Monastery of Montserrat

Montserrat is a mountain top monastery in Catalonia, Spain. Situated atop an unusual rock mountain, it is very popular among...

Montserrat is a mountain top monastery in Catalonia, Spain. Situated atop an unusual rock mountain, it is very popular among Catalans, and Catholic pilgrims come from far and wide to see the Black Madonna.

The monastery is Catalonia’s  most important religious retreat and groups of young people from Barcelona and all over Catalonia make overnight hikes at least once in their lives to watch the sunrise from the heights of Montserrat.

At 1236 meters (4055 ft) above the valley floor, Montserrat is the highest point of the Catalan lowlands, and stands central to the most populated part of Catalonia. The stone monolith is ideally located to play an important role in the cultural and spiritual life of Catalonia.

Manresa

Manresa is the town where Saint Ignatius of Loyola settled down and remained during 11 months in 1522. He was...

Manresa is the town where Saint Ignatius of Loyola settled down and remained during 11 months in 1522. He was fascinated by its beauty, its location by the Cardener river and the kindness of its inhabitants who took care of that poor Pilgrim who had walked down Montserrat without shoes.

In Manresa, you will find the Church of St. Ignatius and the Cave where he prayed and experienced a strong spiritual experience.  It was here that he wrote the Spiritual Exercises.

Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital and largest city of  Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city. This city, located directly on the...

Barcelona is the capital and largest city of  Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city.

This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence.

In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry.

This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches) and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core centre of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella (“Old City”) provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon providing sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeable warm weather.

Inclusions

  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Pilgrims’ Kit
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • English-speaking guide assistance
  • Informational program and route map
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • Welcome lunch in Bilbao
  • Welcome Mass at St. Ignatius’ house
  • Visit in the Monastery of Loyola
  • Lunch and guided visit at the Marqués de Riscal winery
  • Guided visit in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza
  • Guided visits in Manresa and Barcelona
  • Seven dinners
  • Farewell dinner and surprise in Manresa

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The Camino Ignaciano or the Ignatian Way recreates the route that St. Ignatius walked in 1522 from Loyola to Manresa. We offer Pilgrims the opportunity to follow the same spiritual process as the Saint in this special journey. The pilgrimage begins at his birthplace, Azpeitia, and ends in the Cave of St. Ignatius in Manresa.

From Loyola the route travels through picturesque mountains, beautiful deserts, and wide plains before ending in the town of Manresa, where St. Ignatius rested for some months after his journey through Spain.

Manresa was a place of profound spiritual enlightenment for St. Ignatius. Here he wrote the essence of his spiritual masterpiece: The Spiritual Exercises.
We will walk virtually the same route as St. Ignatius; passing through many of the towns that he passed through, praying at several of the churches where he worshipped and marvelling at the same natural wonders he saw.

Join the 15-day Camino Ignaciano with Fr. Louis Catalan, SJ leaving on September 26, 2017. Get to know the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola and follow his footsteps through Spain. Be inspired by the life of one of the greatest saints that have ever lived.

Things we love

  • The slow paced travel is a welcome respite which gives ample time to reflect and appreciate the scenic landscape and cultural highlights from up close.
  • Be awed by the grandiose Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of Pillar on your visit to Zaragoza. It is reputed to be the first church dedicated to the Blessed Mother in history.
  • Manresa, a place of profound conversion for St. Ignatius, where he stayed for 10 months in a cave in deep prayer and penance. Here, he penned the “Spiritual Exercises.”
  •  The Sanctuary of Arantzazu is well known as one of the most avant-garde religious buildings in the world.
  • Bond with fellow pilgrims who may later on become lifelong friends.

Things to do

  • REFLECT

     Reflect on the life and teachings so St. Ignatius while on pilgrimage.

  • TOUCH

    Touch the hand of the La Moreneta, or Black Virgin and whisper your prayer intentions to her on your visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Montserrat in Montserrat, Spain.

  • RECALL

    Brush up on Spanish lessons learned while in school for easier communication with the locals while in Spain.

  • DELIGHT

    Delight in the picturesque countryside scenery of Spain throughout the pilgrimage.

  • REWARD

    You will receive the “La Ignaciana,” a document which certifies that you have completed the Ignatian Way.

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Why Join Us?

Spiritually focused journeys
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Insightful pilgrimage chaplains
Senior citizen friendly

Testimonials

I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.

Peter Joseph Mapua

The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...

Marlene Silvestre

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VISA FEE: Php 7,000.00 (Subject to change without prior notice)

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