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.
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.
New Norcia News 10 pages Dec 14 (dragged)
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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
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.
Having pondered the final alignment, we’ve decided to add an extra 20kms so that you can finish at least one day of your walk at the Pub! So at then end of Day 6, you shuld have left the fantastic DPWA managed Julimar Forest and headed into Victoria Plains. The day ends at historic Bolgart, first settled by Captain Scully and often visited by Dom Rosendo Salvado the pioneering Benedictine Monk (the Hotel hadn’t been built back then!). So enjoy the trail and enjoy the hospitality of the people of Bolgart.
Our first runner is gearing up to run the trail and hopefully we’ll hear more of that soon. So good luck Andrew and keep us posted with pictures and progress. (see friends of the Pilgrim Trail)
And a huge thanks to Debbie and Gino Salomone of Tiles Expo who have generously helped us with their kind donation.
But here’s some really amazing news: The Pilgrim Trail Foundation has been asked to give a presentation at an International Conference in Santiago Spain – the focus of the historic Camino di Santiago pilgrimage – in November of this year. This is a huge honour and informs us that our Trail has now reached an Inernational Audience. And for a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs with a really BIG DREAM, that’s not a bad achievement.