Grant for pilgrim facilities on the Camino Francés

40,000€ GRANT FOR PILGRIM RETREAT FACILITIES IN RABANAL DEL CAMINO

We are delighted to announce a grant of 40,000€ to the Benedictine Community in Rabanal del Camino on the Camino Francés.

The Benedictine Order has provided hospitality for pilgrims on the way to Santiago for many centuries. In recent years they established a community and a monastery in the village of Rabanal del Camino. An important part of their ministry is welcoming pilgrims who wish to stay to rest and reflect. Accommodation is provided in a well appointed Pilgrim House adjacent to the monastery. Pilgrims of all faiths and none are welcome to stay for a minimum of three days. There are no requirements or expectations. The only rule is that pilgrims join the Benedictine community for meals.

The grant is the final portion of funding necessary to complete a major expansion of the facilities including the creation of a “Pilgrim Garden” dedicated to the memory of Fr Gerard Postlethwaite – teacher, pilgrim and priest.

Dr Bob Postlethwaite said, “ My brother Gerard was himself a Benedictine Monk for a time before he was ordained priest. He was also a pilgrim. His last ambition was to establish walking retreats on the Camino, indeed he was leading the first such retreat when he died. This retreat centre for pilgrims reflects all these aspects of Gerard’s life. He also loved gardening. The creation of a Pilgrim Garden dedicated to his memory is a permanent and worthy memorial which many pilgrims will enjoy in the years to come.” https://monteirago.org/en/comunidad/

Further information Contact John Rafferty, Secretary, johnrafferty@hotmail.com

The Camino Fund is now closed for applications.

Pilgrim Garden

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