Dublin know for Guinness beer, being home to Trinity College and the Irish Tenors will now be known for its “Camino” or pilgrim walk which has been launched in an effort to celebrate the upcoming International Eucharistic Congress
Prayerful pilgrims have the opportunity to visit 7 of Dublin’s most historic churches both Catholic and Anglican. The “Camino” was inspired by the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Unlike its Spanish counterpart, the “Camino” can be completed in 4 hours and has no set route. Open from June 2-16, patrons will be given a “Pilgrim Passport” which can be stamped at each church between the hours of 8:00 am- 8:00 pm.
At 5:45 pm daily, mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral church and pilgrims will be given a certificate of completion. Fr. Damien O’Reilly administrator and organizer of this pilgrimage is very excited for the parishes involved. According to Fr. Damien, "There is great excitement in each of the parishes, where there will be volunteer pilgrimage ambassadors to greet the pilgrims and stamp their passport. The volunteers see it as a way of showcasing both their churches and their parishes—there is a great pride of place.”
The Churches involved include: St. James; Our Lady of Mount Carmel; John's Lane; St. Ann's, Dawson Street; St. Mary of the Angels; St. Michan's, Halston Street; and St Mary's Pro-Cathedral --and each are notable in their own right.
For more information on the pilgrimage “Camino” or to read about each of historic churches check out the entire article at American Catholic