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The Way of St James

The Way of Saint James

(Camino de Santiago)

Camino map

The Way of Saint James has existed for over a thousand years. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned; other major pilgrimage routes include the Via Francigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Legend holds that Saint James’ remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.Map Pilgrimage route The Way

The Way can take one of any number of pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. Traditionally, as with most pilgrimages, the Way of Saint James began at one’s home and ended at the pilgrimage site. However a few of the routes are considered main ones. During the Middle Ages, the route was highly travelled. However, the Black Death, the Protestant Reformation and political unrest in 16th-century Europe led to its decline. By the 1980’s, only a few pilgrims arrived in Santiago annually. Since then the route has attracted a growing number of modern-day pilgrims from around the globe. The route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in October 1987; it was also named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

scallop shell symbol of the Camino de SantiagoThe scallop shell, often found on the shores in Galicia, has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago. Over the centuries the scallop shell has taken on mythical, metaphorical and practical meanings, even if its relevance may actually derive from the desire of pilgrims to take home a souvenir.





Exclusive Blockbuster Movie FundraiserThe Way photo

2pm Sunday 5th August

Lismore Cinema (Birch Carroll Coyle)

Tickets $15 available only from Lismore Anglicans 66213200

(includes refreshments after the film)

Deadline 1pm Wednesday 1st August

“The Way” is a film about American ophthalmologist, Tom Avery, who goes to France following the death of his son, killed in the Pyrenees during a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James), a pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Tom’s purpose is initially to retrieve the body of his son. However, in a combination of grief and homage to his son, Tom decides to walk the ancient spiritual trail where his son died.

While walking the Camino, Tom meets others from around the world, all looking for greater meaning in their lives. He reluctantly falls in with 3 other pilgrims in particular—Joost, an overweight man from Amsterdam who says he is walking the route to lose weight for his brother’s wedding, Sarah, a Canadian fleeing an abusive husband and walking the Camino to quit smoking; and Irish Jack, travel writer, who always wanted to be a great author like Keats or Joyce but never wrote the novel he dreamed of.

walking sign

As the pilgrims travel the Camino, they occasionally meet and talk with other pilgrims—two French nationals, a young Italian and an elderly American priest Father Jack.


Join us as we make the pilgrimage with them in this exclusive screening in the comfort of the Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinema Lismore.