Skip to comments.Anglicans to Build New Centre in Spain for Pilgrims on 'The Way' to Santiago de Compostela
Posted on 07/29/2016 10:08:46 AM PDT by marshmallow
A new $5 million Anglican Centre is to be built in Spain in Santiago de Compostela, the end of the world-famous Catholic pilgrimage route the Way of St James.
The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain, which is part of the Anglican Community under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to begin fundraising with the help of Trinity Church, Wall Street in the United States.
The new Anglican centre in Spain will have instant and enormous appeal to Christians from through the Anglican Communion worldwide.
Santiago de Compostela is believed to be the burial site of the disciple James, brother of Jesus. The Camino de Santiago has been a pilgrimage route since the 9th century.
Many Anglicans and other non-Catholics as well as thousands of Catholics walk the Way each year. The pilgrimage featured in Emilio Estevez's film of the same name and starred his father Martin Sheen playing a doctor, Tom, whose son Daniel dies while walking the route. In the film, Tom decides to walk the Way himself to scatter his son's ashes along the route, even though he is not himself religious.
The Spanish Church has set up a new organisation, the American Friends of the Anglican Centre for Santiago de Compostela, similar to a sister organisation in Rome . It has already received a grant from The Episcopal Church's United Thank Offering scheme.
Plans were confirmed after an initial meeting in New York.
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Will be on the bucket list for all LBGT pilgrims.
Has anyone here ever done this pilgrimage? I understand many people take busses or cars part of the way - to get “credit” for it, you need to walk at least 100KM - seems a bit like “cheating.”
How long for a reasonably fit person to walk the entire route from Jaca or Roncevaux to St. Jaque de Compstella? Best time of year to go?
Our Lady of Walsingham pray for them.
It’s on my bucket list but I just want y’all to know that I’m not LBGT nor Q.
I know it was a nasty thing to say but I could not help myself. Probably because I am a self-loathing-church-going Episcopalian.
I understand why:
Along the way, The Episcopal Church has garnered a lot of attention, but with the help of organizations such as Integrity USA, the church has continued its work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Episcopalians. In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that Gods call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, the canons of the church were changed to make the rite of marriage available to all people, regardless of gender.