The Spain of St Ignatius Loyola: A Pilgrimage
27 July - 3 August 2019 & 2020
Travel across Spain in the footsteps of Saint Ignatius visiting:
Loyola, Pamplona, Manresa, Montserrat and Barcelona.
led by Fr David Birchall SJ
Pilgrims begin with three nights in the Hotel Arrupe, which is
situated on the square by the Sanctuary at
the heart of Loyola. (Click for Video) Accommodation
is in rooms with en-suite facilities and we shall be having
full-board with wine at lunch and dinner.
Loyola is the village of Ignatius’ birth: where we will visit the
tower-house of his birth, the chapel of his conversion. (Holy
We shall also walk to the nearby local town of Azpeitia to visit
the church where Ignatius was baptised and the hospital where he
stayed and preached.
We walk along the River Urola pedestrian way to the town of
Azkoitia where Inigo's mother was born to see her family
We also see the venerable Hermitage of Olatz.
We travel across Spain by coach, visiting Pamplona where Ignatius
was struck by the fateful cannon-ball.
We then travel on to Montserrat. We spend four nights in the
Hotel Abbot Cisneros in Montserrat. The hotel is a beautifully
converted historic building, next door to the monastery. All
bedrooms have en-suite facilities. We will have full-board
our first day in Montserrat and half-board on our days out to
Manresa and Barcelona. We have a full day in Montserrat, a
day in Manresa and a final day in the city of Barcelona seeing the
sites associated with the life of Ignatius with some time for
The story of the life of Ignatius will be told as we follow in
his footsteps. Holy Mass will be celebrated every day; usually in
the holy sites. In Montserrat the Mass will be in Catalan,
otherwise we celebrate Mass in English.
Video of the section of Ignatian Camino between Montserrat
"For me, the most powerful element of the pilgrimage was the
feeling I had of getting to know Inigo as a person, bringing his
journey to becoming Ignatius much more 'real' and inspirational
Steve, 2016 Pilgrimage