The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James)
is an ancient Pilgrims route that runs from a number of points
in Spain and France
to Santiago near the western coast of Spain.
Over the course of centuries, small communities
have sprung up along the route to provide the Pilgrims
with shelter and food – this makes for an amazing experience.
In 1993 it was declared a World Heritage Site
and now attracts tens of thousands of walkers each year.
The Camino Salvado
is a pilgrimage in the spirit of the Camino de Santiago
from St Josephs Church in Subiaco to New Norcia:
the link is Dom Salvado who established Australia’s
only Monastery Town and who, interestingly,
entered religious life at Santiago in Spain
before moving to Italy then, later in his life,
regularly walked from New Norcia to Perth
to seek the support needed to sustain his community.
He preached in local Churches throughout Perth and
on occasions gave music recitals in the larger homes
of friends and Catholic parishioners.
He was made welcome and at the end of each visit
many people enjoyed waving farewell to the Abbey’s huge,
trundling dray on it’s return journey to New Norcia.