Our Next Pilgrimage – 20242024-03-27T20:09:23+06:00

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

Father and Son Camino Pilgrimage

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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.

Pilgrimage Dates:
June 29th – July 13th, 2024

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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?2023-10-12T06:37:21+06:00

In 2023 we setup a non-profit call Camino Fully Alive, Inc.  We are very serious about keeping costs as low as possible. Since walking, praying and visiting are the main activities, the cost of this pilgrimage are surprising low for a two week trip. Our estimate is $950 to cover food, lodging, travel health insurance, buses/trains, donations to churches and other pilgrimage related expenses.  However, your cost could vary depending on your decisions along the way. The largest variable is the round trip ticket to and from Madrid.

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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.

CFA – 2022 Packing List

200+ km

About 14 miles per day

15 Days

9 business days since we will go over July 4th
June 29th – July 13th, 2024


Estimate per person excluding flights

Cost Details

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

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.

The gift of the Camino continues to unfold for me — even a year out from the experience. It has given us (my boys and me) a reference point when we encounter something hard that is worthy of pursuit. It has also rekindled a connection to God’s wonderful creation and changed our appetite for seeking Him there.

The gift of the Camino continues to unfold for me — even a year out from the experience. It has given us (my boys and me) a reference point when we encounter something hard that is worthy of pursuit. It has also rekindled a connection to God’s wonderful creation and changed our appetite for seeking Him there.

Larry – 2022 Pilgrim

Team members

Al Jirak
Al Jirak
Pilgrimage Master
Father Chad Arnold
Father Chad Arnold
Pilgrimage Spiritual Director
Blaise Jirak
Blaise Jirak
Associate Pilgrim Guide

Notable Pilgrims

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


St. Francis


Josemaría Escrivá




Archbishop Coakley


You and your son


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