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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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.
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.
In 2015, there will be TWO Caminos® by St Jospeh’s Church in August/September:
- Sunday 23rd August to Sunday 30th August
- Sunday 6th September to Sunday 13th September
These two event walks can take up to 24 people per walk. Interest is already brisk so if you are interested then you should register ASAP at http://www.caminosalvado.com/register-interest/
For those of you who want to organise your own Camino Salvado® then go to our webpage where you will find some good advice as to how to go about exploring the Pilgrim Trail™ 2015 will soon be here and if you want to book accommodation then you’ll need to do it very soon.
The Benedictine Community at New Norcia, as a part of the Bi-Centennary celebrations of the birth of Rosendo Salvado, are holding a two day symposium at the State Library on the 13th & 14th Novemeber 2014. This will be a wonderful chance to experience what it was like for the early settlers and the Indigneous folk who’d been here for so long.
Click on the attachment to view the full details.
Symposium – Ways of Telling
For those of you who missed the SBS news on Sunday 19th September 2014, here’s the link that will take you to their online story on the Camino Salvado.
SBS World News – Pilgrims retrace footsteps of monk behind WA’s slice of Spain
The good news is that the Trail has survived the recent heavy rain and is in great condition. The flowers and wildlife are out in abundance. Two Emu took off like rockets just in front of us and several small ‘Roos hopped across out path too, which was both thrilling and kept us on the alert for more! However, one of the tracks we checked out – Heine Rd – was badly fissured by the rains and I would think it is too dangerous for recreational walkers. But the Pilgrim Trail route is in “great nick”!
Further out in the country, the fields are awash with vast splashes of yellow Canola with it’s distinctive scent, and great swathes of fresh green from the young wheat. It looks stunning!
We then went on to Bolgart which on first impressions looked a tad forlorn – even the Pub was shut! But then we met Lester Snooke and his good lady and they were a delight to meet and very interested in the trail and informative about some of Bolgarts historical figures like Captain Scully. Lester’s Dad also walked the Camino Salvado last year, so the link was already established. I am very excited about the important part Bolgart will play in futre years as the numbers of walkers increases and the need for local hospitality is met by the good people of that little town.
Then it was back up Bolgart West Road and Old Plains Road to finsih some trail marking then finally we headed for home, a nice hot shower and a hot cuppa!
PS The rains have also brought out the Mozzies so do remember your insect repellent. Mozzies bite and Mozzies buzz, but they are also a vector for some very unpleasant diseases. So repel them before they upset you.
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.