Our Next Pilgrimage – 20242022-06-21T23:32:12+06:00

In the summer of 2024 we will be walking this ancient pilgrimage across the north of Spain.

11 Day Father and Son Camino

Our Approach

Our Approach

Our purpose is to provide an authentic Catholic experience to enhance the relationship of fathers and sons (or grandfathers and grandsons). Based on our own life-giving Camino in 2021, we know firsthand the impact that it has made on our own lives and our family around us. We want you to experience it too.

Approximate Pilgrimage Dates:
June 1st – June 15th, 2024

Camino Destination - Santiago

Authentically Catholic

We will be walking in the footsteps of St. James and taking in centuries of Catholic culture along the Way.

Gabe and Gus on Camino

Relationship Focus

The unique relationship of Father and Son is vital to genuine manhood. This pilgrimage will serve as a amazing opportunity for growth.

Frequently asked questions.

What is the Camino?2021-11-19T19:41:17+06:00

The Camino de Santiago is a walking pilgrimage that ends at the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in Galicia Spain.  Tradition holds that the remains of the apostle are buried there at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.  For centuries, pilgrims have made this walk as a way of honoring, petitioning, or growing in their relationship with God.  Pope Benedict XVI summed up the Camino in this way.  “The fatigue of the journey, the variety of landscapes, their encounter with peoples of other nationalities – all of this opens their heart to what is the deepest and most common bond that unites us as human beings: we are in quest, we need truth and beauty, we need an experience of grace, charity, peace, forgiveness, and redemption… Deep down, all those who come on pilgrimage to Santiago do so in order to encounter God who, reflected in the majesty of Christ, welcomes and blesses them as they reach the Pórtico de la Gloria.”

Why go on pilgrimage?2021-11-17T21:51:10+06:00

The idea of a pilgrimage has an incredibly strong foundation in both the Old and New Testaments. The spiritual importance of pilgrimage is manifested often in physical journeys and trials — from Abraham’s journey of faith all the way to the missionary journeys of St. Paul.  Looked at from a religious perspective, a pilgrimage is a trip different than usual. It is not only for admiring masterpieces of art, although many places of pilgrimage are full of history and beauty.  One goes on a pilgrimage to ask God for help needed to live more generously your own Christian vocation once back in your home. Therefore, the pilgrimage is not, and never should be, just “a journey to a place of religious interest.” Alone or with others, it is a physical component of the path of one’s heart toward God.

Who should go?2021-11-18T15:51:08+06:00

This pilgrimage is targeted at fathers and sons or grandfathers and grandsons.  I think a young man of 10 or old should be able to handle the riggers of the daily schedule.  I can also see father’s taking their grown sons.  It is never too late to strengthen the bonds of family.  We never know when our earthly pilgrimage will end and we will go to the next.  You don’t have to be Catholic to go, but be advised we will be drinking fully of the deep Catholic culture along the way.

What will it cost?2022-06-21T23:46:18+06:00

We will be guiding you in this sacred journey free of cost.  We will not be asking for any kind of compensation during of after our pilgrimage.  Since walking, praying and visiting are the main activities the only costs left are your flight, affordable accommodations, and food.  As long as we can find affordable plane flights like we have before, we plan on keeping costs to around $1,700 per man.  However, your cost could vary depending on your decisions along the way.

What should I pack?2022-06-21T23:47:28+06:00

All food and accommodations are found along the way.  Therefore you can leave your tent and food prep items at home.  We will have more info on this in the future, but basically you need a couple changes of clothes, toiletries, a hat, hiking pole and a back pack.  Oh, and a poncho if we get caught in the rain.  During our 2021 pilgrimage, my backpack weighed about 15lbs.  Ideally you stick to 10% of your body weight or less.

250 km

About 14 miles per day

11 Days

15 total days out of country
June 1st – June 15th, 2024

$1,700

Per person including roundtrip flights

Time for God

Father Chad will be celebrating Mass each day to bring us further into the mystery of our Catholic faith and tradition. We will have the opportunity to pray at ancient churches every few miles and Father will also be available for conversation throughout the day.

Time for
relationship

Each father and son pair will take off at their own time and work to reach the destination every afternoon. Take this journey at your own pace.

Time for fellowship

After a good long day of hiking, the group will connect to enjoy food, drink and share experiences from the day.  Without the distractions of technology, we can dive deeper into genuine friendship.

It is not flesh and blood but the heart, which makes us fathers and sons.

It is not flesh and blood but the heart, which makes us fathers and sons.

Johann Schiller

Team members

Al Jirak
Al Jirak
Pilgrimage Master
Father Chad Arnold
Father Chad Arnold
Tenative Pilgrimage Spiritual Director
Gabe & Gus Jirak
Gabe & Gus Jirak
Associate Pilgrim Guides

Notable Pilgrims

Thousands of pilgrims make their way to Santiago every year.  Here are a few of our favorites…
King Alfonzo II

813

St. Francis

1213

Josemaría Escrivá

1934

St. JP II

1982

Archbishop Coakley

2012

You and your son

2024

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