July 25, 2020
About 10.5 miles on the Erie Lakawanna Trail
Crown Point to Highland
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY
Inspired by Northern Spain’s centuries old pilgrimage trail, the Camino de Santiago, young adults are invited on a spiritual walking pilgrimage in their own back yard. Pilgrims (18 years old +) will journey approximately 10.5 miles on Saturday. Saturday evening, pilgrims are invited to rest at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Pilgrims will end their journey by receiving their very own Compostela, or official document of completion.
Due to precautions to reduce the spread of the caronavirus, participants are asked to maintain social distance (standing 6 feet or more apart from other participants), and wear a mask whenever inside.
Special Announcement! Bishop Robert McClory will be giving the opening prayer and blessing as pilgrims start their journey!
Gather at St. Mary (Crown Point) starting at 7:30 AM.
Prayer Service to start the Pilgrimage will begin around 8:00 AM. Bishop Robert McClory will give the opening blessing.
Start gathering at Our Lady of Grace (Highland) after 2:00.
Once there, rest, receive your Compostela, and spend time with your fellow pilgrims.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can participate?
- The NWI Camino is open to any young adult (out of high school, 18 years or older). Families are welcome to walk together. The Erie Lackawanna trail is great for strollers.
- Do I need to bring anything?
- Pilgrims are invited to bring water bottles and any other items for their personal health such as snacks.
- Masks are required when inside parish buildings.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Wear sunscreen!
- What can I do to prepare for the pilgrimage?
- Start by taking mini-walks to condition yourself.
- Think of a prayer intention to pray along the way.
- How do I get back to my car?
- Cars can be parked at St. Mary Parish in Crown point (starting point) or Our Lady of Grace in Highland (ending point).
- Once you sign up, you will be invited to a private Facebook group where you can network with other pilgrims about rides.
- We suggest that you coordinate with a fellow pilgrim to leave one car at Our Lady of Grace and then drive to St. Mary. Some shuttles will be available after the pilgrimage.
- What are you doing to take into account the Coronavirus?
- Aside from using bathrooms, all of the activities of the NWI Camino will be outside where it is easier to social distance (be at least 6 feet apart).
- Pilgrims are asked to wear masks while inside parish buildings. Masks are also requested whenever social distance is not possible.
- Pilgrims are also asked to self-screen themselves before coming to the NWI Camino.
- A pilgrim should stay home if:
- they have had close contact with an individual infected with Covid-19 within the last 14 days.
- they have had close contact within the last 14 days with an individual suspected of being infected with Covid-19, including individuals exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.
- they themselves are currently experiencing, or have experienced in the past 14 days, fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- they traveled to an area that is under a Level 2, 3, or 4 travel advisory by the U.S. State Department.
- When walking on the trail, pilgrims are asked not to crowd each other and to give each other 6 feet of space.
- Pilgrims should wash their hands frequently or use hand sanitizer especially before eating or after touching a hard surface.