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January 26, 2018, 10:33 am
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trees, winter
January 21, 2018, 9:47 pm
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January 15, 2018, 9:50 pm
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on the road again
January 12, 2018, 8:47 pm
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A rather full start to the year.  Lots of good stuff, and I’ll be reporting and reflecting as I get time.

Today, the first chance to be out walked.  13 miles over the Cotswold escarpment.  Midwinter mirk lifting to sun at the end.  Walking into health.


October 4, 2017, 10:30 am
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From my journal for October 3rd, 2009 – in the midst of walking the Camino de Levante:

Zamora is a romanesque gem.  Sitting at a restaurant in the Plaza Mayor, eating a slightly unexpected but very tasty fish kebab.

Where to go for Mass?  Followed people into the Clarisses Church.  Exposition, Rosary, then Mass.  The old priest moved to tears in the sermon.  About 15 sisters, several in their twenties or thirties.  After the sermon, the Transitus, to mark the death of Francis.  The Third Order laid candles around a habit on the floor during a litany.

Walked back towards my hostal with the priest.  He had a detailed knowledge of the beggars and which I should give money to.

Need to reflect about the Incarnation and what the pilgrimage teaches about it.  All being material for prayer, stripped back.

Anglican Led Ecumenical Chaplaincy in Santiago


The Camino Chaplaincy has announced the development of a new, inclusive Anglican led ministry for pilgrims arriving in Santiago as the third and final part of its strategic plan.

The Chaplaincy piloted the first organised Welcome Service for pilgrims in Santiago which is now funded permanently by the Pilgrims’ Office. The Chaplaincy then went on to provide daily RC Mass in English in the Cathedral for three years. This is now permanently provided by a priest on the staff of the Cathedral who improved his language skills sufficiently in English through participating in the three year pilot.
The Anglican Led Ecumenical Chaplaincy will run for a 12 week pilot period in 2018 and will provide support, prayer and Mass for people of all faiths and everyone searching for deeper spiritual meaning in their lives.

This new initiative is supported by the Anglican Diocese in Europe and has been approved by Bishop David Hamid.

The ministry will be developed and directed by a Steering Committee chaired by the Rev Alasdair Kay. Other members include:
Rev Karen Spray
Rev Andy Delmege
Rev Liska Lasko
Rev Paul Smith

Sybille Yates who lives in Santiago and runs Egaria House will coordinate the ministry.

This is a new service for pilgrims and visitors to Santiago. It is expected that ordained priests of churches in the Anglican Communion will serve for a minimum of two weeks, although longer placements are welcome. The Chaplaincy will provide accommodation in Santiago. Volunteer priests must meet all other expenses.

For further information see:www.caminochaplaincy.blogspot.com.

To apply please email: caminochaplaincy@gmail.com.

September 30, 2017, 9:21 pm
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A late post due to a very full week.

Wednesday was the twentieth anniversary of my Ordination to the Diaconate.  Where has the time gone?  A good journey and a road ahead.

Dinner with most of the people I was ordained with.  A week that has included the usual round of services and pastoral work at St Bede’s, national estates work, a day with urban clergy in Southwark.  Praying, reading, reflecting.  A day off walk. A pilgrimage talk.  Many blessings to count.