Posted on May 24, 2018 Posted By: Karen Fisher
Saturday, April 28, was a perfect sunny day for those walking from Saint James Church of Holy Trinity Parish in Ventnor, to Blessed Sacrament Church in Margate, and back, during the inaugural “Following the Way of Saint James on the Road to Life” pilgrimage. The event was sponsored by VITALity Catholic Healthcare Services, and inspired by the El Camino de Santiago. With approximately 100 pilgrims participating, the day began with morning prayer at St. James Church, followed by a pilgrimage walk along the boardwalk through Ventnor City into Margate and Blessed Sacrament Church for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction in the chapel there. Pilgrims rested, enjoyed some refreshments and then continued on the journey back to St. James Church where Mass was celebrated and all enjoyed fellowship over a hearty lunch and speaker presentations.
Inspired by the El Camino de Santiago of Europe, a 500 mile pilgrimage to what is believed to be the final resting place of St. James the Apostle, this pilgrimage was a day of spiritual exercise and walking to celebrate and support the health and well-being of parents and grandparents of families in the Diocese of Camden.
Pilgrims walk along the Boardwalk in Ventnor on their way to Blessed Sacrament in Margate.
Walking with the pilgrims are Father Sanjai Devis, diocesan director of Stephen Ministry and Deacon Gerard Jablonowski, VITALity’s executive director.
Father Sanjai Devis and Deacon Jerry Jablonowski celebrate Mass at St. James Church in Ventnor.
Deacon Jerry addresses the crowd after lunch and introduces speakers Sister Shelia from Holy Trinity Parish and Karin Samulus from the American Pilgrims of the Camino.
Karen Samulis of the American Pilgrims of the Camino, talks about her experiences on the El Camino de Santiago in Spain.