All posts by Duncan Jefferson

New Norcia By-Pass to open in 2017

The State Government Minister for Roads recently announced the the proposed Bye-Pass for New Norcia will proceed and it is intended that it will be open for traffic in 2017. The pilgrim Trail Foundation have worked closely with the Main Roads during the development of the plans and as a result we have made some changes to the final days of the trail – all of which are for the safety and greater experience of the walkers.

Main Roads will be incorporating a safe crossing on the new highway and are proposing to help create a new entry into New Norcia across the river to the south of the town. The Pilgrim Trail Board are very grateful for the manner in which Main Roads have taken our needs into consideration.

The other great news is that the Department of Parks and Wildlife are helping us in marking the Trail through Walyunga and Julimar Parks. This should be completed by the end of June. This has cemented a great relationship between our two organisations and we thank them enormously for their support and encouragement.

Our next big challenge is to create world class camping sites along the trail and discussions are already well under way to action this goal.

Finally, we’re working on Membership. So if you’re interested in receiving an email newsletter or becoming an active member to support the Pilgrim Trail, please send me your contact details to admin@pilgrimtrail.com.au

First Pilgrim Trail Board of 2015

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With the two Camino Salvado Pilgrimages by St Josephs in Subiaco already full, more Colleges becoming interested in walking the trail and individual walkers wanting to “do their own thing” MMXV looks like becoming a seminal year in the development of the Pilgrim Trail. We also discussed creating a Sister-link with the Camino De Santiago and have initiated discussion with the regional Government in Galicia to get the ball rolling. We are also planing to extend Membership of the Pilgrim Trail to the wider community and are working on “Member Benefits” to go with it. But the big news out of the Board Meeting is that we will officially launch the Trail at Easter 2016 with a special walking group that will include some of the original walkers from 2009. If you’re interested in being part of this Historic event, please contact us early as interest will be huge!

If you want any information about us please contact us at admin@pilgrimtrail.com.au

The Bushfire Terror

 

Courtesy Channel 7 News
Courtesy Channel 7 News

Australia is a tough country. Todays news of bushfires raging in the Bindoon area after a day of 44C heat reinforce that fact.

The fire has been burning through the Military Training area on a 5km front and moving at 450m per hour. As I write it is described as being ‘out of control’. Not only is wildlife threatened, but farms, homes and livelihoods are all at risk. I have seen and experienced the terrifying power of such fires and they are truly awful things. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who are suffering as a result of the bush fires and our heartfelt thanks go to those volunteer fire services personnel who risk all to fight them on our behalf.

When it comes to re-building, we should all do what we can.

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Camino Salvado ®, Christmas and “Campus Stella”

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Contemporary Nativity

The Camino Salvado® – the way of Salvado – follows the Pilgrim Trail from Perth to New Norcia under our great southern sky. At night the stars blaze and all we Aussies love pointing out our Southern Cross.

The Camino Frances starts in France and ends in Spain at Santiago de Compostela. One suggested origin of the name Compostela is “Field of Stars” as early pilgrims often slept out under them.

At Christmas, may you remember that great star that heralded the birth of the Christ child.

Buon Camino and JinJin – Australian Noongar for Good Spirit –  to you all.

Camino Salvado – Christmas Gift

THIS CHRISTMAS

Christ was a Refugee
Christ was a Refugee

  REMEMBER THE FORGOTTEN

Here are a couple of true stories.

Yesterday I went into the city to do some Christmas Shopping. As usual there were several ‘wounded’ people sitting with their regulation pieces of cardboard telling of their need for our spare cash. One was a young woman who intrigued me. Not only did her sign say that she was homeless and pregnant, but she was actually reading a book. She seemed startled when I squatted down to talk to her. “Can you do something for me this Christmas” I asked her. Her face, though quite youthful, was flushed with that redness that comes with an unhealthy acquaintance with either alcohol or drugs. She mumbled “Maybe” in reply. “Take good care of yourself and your baby please” I said. She paused, thought for a moment and answered “I’ll try”.

This morning I was passing a man selling the “Big Issue”. My family joke that I must be related to royalty because I rarely carry any money on me, but I always make a point of stopping to talk with these Big Issue vendors as they’re usually trying to change their lives. I apologised for not being able to help him out with cash but wished him every blessing for a good Christmas and every success in 2015. “I doubt it’ll be as good as 2014” he replied enthusiastically “This year I managed to find somewhere permanent to live and I’ve saved up enough to buy a second hand car” he beamed at me.

Two people, two stories, two gifts for me this Christmas. Sometimes when you think you’re helping others, they give you something in return that no money can buy.

Happy Christmas.

Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

Camino Salvado arrives in New Norcia 2014

Check out the following links to the New Norcia News for 14th December 2014. It tells the story of the arrival in New Norcia of this years 2014 Camino Salvado from St Josephs Parish in Subiaco.

If you’re thinking about following the Camino Salvado along the Pilgrim Trail in 2015, you should be starting to plan it all now.

Happy Christmas and a blessed New year to you all.

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Path of Miracles – inspiration for Camino Salvado

Did anyone get to attend the premier performance of Joby Talbots Path of Miracles at Government House in Perth on November 26th 2014? Apparently it was fantastic.

Joby’s work is inspired by the Camino de Santiago – or the Camino Frances. I have long harboured the idea of finding someone who would compose an appropriate piece of work to reflect our Camino Salvado ™ as it follows the Pilgrim Trail ®

If you like Capella music then listen to a piece from Path of Miracles on YouTube.

If you are a Composer or know of a Composer who might be inspired by our contemporary Pilgrim Trail here in Australia, then please contact me.

 

Talk in York of linking to the Camino Salvado

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Photo courtesy of the Kalamunda Post

A recent article by Sally McGlue in the Kalamunda Post has aroused interest in linking the historical town of York to the Pilgrim Trail™ which joins Subiaco to New Norcia. Since it’s inception in 2009, the Pilgrim Trail has been evolving as it tries to follow the way of Rosendo Salvado, the pioneering Spanish Benedictine monk who came out to the Swan River Colony in the 19th century.

Over the past 5 years event walks from St Josephs Church in Subiaco have seen groups of Pilgrims undertaking the Camino Salvado to the monastery town of New Norcia. With increased usage of the Trail by more diverse groups of walkers, contemporary pilgrims and school groups too, it is exciting that York has shown interest in linking to the Pilgrim trail.

We look forward to seeing how this expansion of the Pilgrim trail will play out.

2015 looks like being a very exciting year for the Pilgrim Trail™ and the Camino Salvado

Camino de Santiago and the Camino Salvado

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At the end of November I gave a presentation to the 9th International Colloquium Compostella in Santiago, Spain which was on the Camino de Santiago and it’s heritage. Speakers came from all around Europe and my talk on The Pilgrim Trail and the way of Salvado – our own Camino Salvado – was greeted with great interest. It was a very special occasion to be able to talk with experts on Pilgrimage from all around Europe and one even from Japan, and to be able to tell them what we have done here in Western Australia and the stories that surround the Trail.

One of the outcomes is that I was encouraged to begin talks with our State Government, and the State Government of Galicia with a view to establishing a Cultural link between the two States based on our rich Heritages and especially the common figure of Fra Rosendo Salvado who came from Spain to Australia in the 19th century.

The enthusiasm for our Trail was palpable. According to teh Co-ordinator of the event “Australia was the tenth power in number of pilgrims on 2013. According to the official statistics, there were 3,098 Australian pilgrims in the Camino de Santiago, and this number will be higher this year”. That means that there are over 3,000 Australians who might also want to experience our very own Camino here in their own country. So please – spread the word and tell everyone you know that in 2015 The Pilgrim trail is there for them.

I wish you all a joyous Christmas and every Blessing for 2015.