From left, Fernando Sánchez, Father Iván Ramírez and Luz Stella López and husband Carlos López pose outside the Parador de León, the 16th-century San Marcos Monastery in León, as they start their spiritual journey along the Camino De Santiago, or Way of Saint James.
People of all faiths and backgrounds have made the pilgrimage for more than 1,000 years.
Father Ramírez, the pastor of St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish in Hartford, said he had long dreamed of making the pilgrimage. “Along with my 20-pound backpack I carried with me the prayerful intentions of St. Lawrence O’Toole parishioners and friends seeking the intercession of Saint James to bring us all closer to Jesus,” he said.
The group started the 13-day journey in León and walked 200 miles along the path that leads to the tomb of the Apostle James in Compostela, Spain. (Photo submitted)