Note to Members:
Not surprisingly, the situation involving the COVID-19 virus is evolving rapidly!
The situation in Spain, much like in Italy, continues to worsen. The number of cases in Spain is doubling every 2-3 days. Approximately 50% of schools and universities have been shut down. As of Saturday, March 14, a 15 day state of emergency has been imposed on the entire country, resulting in store closures and travel restrictions.
The government of Canada has recommended that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
The Canadian Company of Pilgrims has concluded that in order to protect yourself, your family and other Canadians, we recommend members should not travel to Spain to walk the Camino, now, and in the foreseeable future.
We believe that this is best current advice we can offer given the ever-changing situation.
We urge you to pay attention to travel advisories from the Canadian government, and developments in Spain and around the world before making any travel plans.
Neville Tencer, Vice President
Credencials and Badges
The Credencial is available to members of CCoP who are walking, cycling or riding (horseback) the Camino. It is not only your proof that you are a pilgrim, but it allows you entry to the albergues along …
The Camino de Santiago, aka The Way of St. James, refers to the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
A Membership with Canadian Company of Pilgrims (CCoP) is open to anyone who has walked a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, or has an interest in, or curiosity about, such a journey. Membership includes some significant benefits.
Who are the Canadian Company of Pilgrims?
The Canadian Company of Pilgrims (CCoP) is a non-denominational volunteer-run association that supports Canadians interested in the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. We share the Canadian representation with l’Association québécoise des pèlerins et amis du Chemin de Saint-Jacques.
The CCoP provides information and generates awareness and interest in the Camino to Santiago de Compostela through a network of chapters across Canada and its website and Facebook page. Local Chapters provide a forum for the exchange of information about the Camino and also offer practical training and information sessions to the interested and to prospective pilgrims. The Company also issues Credencials (pilgrim passports) which are recognized by the pilgrimage authorities in Santiago.
A Letter of Thanks
Soy el Padre Fran Marcos, párroco de Hontanas (Burgos. España) y dirijo la Casa de Mambré -Casa de Espiritualidad y Acogida- en Hontanas, recientemente inaugurada.
Les quedo eternamente agradecido a ustedes y a la hermana Rebekah Scott por su amable cooperación que han realizado con la entrega de los 5 colchones y fundas anti ácaros para la Casa de Mambré de Espiritualidad y Acogida.
Que Dios les ayude y sostenga en esta labor tan hermosa que están realizando para que el Camino de Santiago recupere todo su significado espiritual y humanitario que siempre fue su seña de identidad a lo largo de su dilatada historia.
Un saludo a toda la Congregación de Peregrinos de Canadá. Aquí tienen su casa para cuando quieran venir a visitarla.
Un saludo fraternal
Padre Fran Marcos
Dear friends. (Google Translate)
I am Father Fran Marcos, parish priest of Hontanas (Burgos, Spain) and I direct the House of Mambré-Spirituality and Welcoming-in Hontanas, recently inaugurated.
I remain eternally grateful to you and to Sister Rebekah Scott for their kind cooperation that you have made with the delivery of the 5 mattresses and anti mite covers for the Mambré House of Spirituality and Welcome.
May God help you and sustain you in this beautiful work that you are doing so that the Camino de Santiago recovers all its spiritual and humanitarian significance that was always its hallmark throughout its long history.
Greetings to the entire Congregation of Pilgrims of Canada. Here they have their house for when they want to come to visit it.
A fraternal greeting
Father Fran Marcos