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Portlandia (Portland, Oregon) Chapter

The regional chapter of American PIlgrims for the western Oregon area is centered on Portland. Broadly stated, the purpose of this local chapter is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon.  We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a venue for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

  • To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
  • To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
  • To serve as a venue for hospitalero training in the Pacific Northwest.                                  

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local and Regional Events page for other events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinator John Pigott at Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list. And we invite you to join the conversation on the chapter's Facebook page.


SPECIAL NOTE:

We offer a shell ceremony that includes a pilgrim blessing, with your own personalized copy, and a scallop shell, to all pilgrims departing in any given month who request it. Please e-mail your shell ceremony requests to our chapter e-mail (Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org) early enough so we can have everything ready by the following Third Sunday Stroll.


EVENTS:

Scheduled Events

PORTLAND, OREGON
St. James Feast Day Mass, Blessing of the Pilgrims, Shell Ceremony and tarta de Santiago tasting
Friday, July 24, 2015, 5:30 PM Mass, ~6:15 PM Shell Ceremony and tarta de Santiago tasting

On Friday, July 24 (note Friday, the 24th, not Saturday the 25th) we will be holding our annual Feast of St. James Celebration at St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland. The Mass will be followed by a wine and tarta de Santiago tasting, and a Shell Ceremony in the cathedral courtyard. The celebration of the Mass, with a pilgrim blessing, begins at 5:30pm and the other activities (wine/torta tasting, and Shell Ceremony) will follow at approximately 6:15pm. Also, please be willing to bring a bottle of wine to share (thank you in advance for your kind generosity). We will have plenty of delicious tartas for your enjoyment. We have always had a great turnout for this celebration. Please plan on being with us. Also note that the feast day is actually July 25th, but due to the weekend mass schedule we will be celebrating it, a day early, on Friday, July 24th. Please come and be part of this beautiful celebration.

Please RSVP to Robin Pigott at flashnotes@comcast.net, by Monday, July 20th if you are planning to join us for the wine and tarta tasting event after the Mass. Please include your full name and the full names of any guests who will be accompanying you, and whether you will be bringing a bottle of wine to share.

Please RSVP to the chapter, portlandia@americanpilgrims.org, if you want to be included in the July Shell Ceremony at the cathedral on July 24th. This will be the only Shell Ceremony we will hold in July.


Recent Events

• Sunday, April 19, 2015: Third Sunday Stroll, 3 to 4-miles roundtrip from the Forest Park Entrance followed by conversation at Rae's Lakeview Lounge.
• Sunday, March 15, 2015: Third Sunday Stroll, Eastbank Esplanade
• Sunday, February 15, 2015: Third Sunday Stroll, Mount Tabor Park


ON-GOING EVENTS:

PORTLAND, OREGON AREA
Third Sunday Strolls
Third Sunday of every month excluding November and December
Location to be determined each month

Join us on the third Sunday of each month (excluding November and December) at 2: 00 pm at a Portland/Vancouver area park for a 2 to 4 mile stroll with fellow pilgrims. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow pilkgrims, try out new gear, talk with camino veterans, get a bit of fresh air, strech those muscles and get answers to all your camino related questions. We typically gather after the stroll at a nearby bar/restaurant for refreshments and socializing. An e-mail notice goes out early each month to everyone on our chapter contact list giving the details of that month's walk and the location of the meeting place. This is a rain or shine event. You do not need to RSVP. Just show up ready for some fun. To have your e-mail address addded to our list, simply contact us at Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org. We also offer a shell ceremony that includes a pilgrim blessing, with your own personalized copy, and a scallop shell, to all pilgrims departing in any given month who request it. Please e-mail your shell ceremony request to our chapter e-mail early enough so we can have everything ready by the following Third Sunday Stroll.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Local Resources
For Training and Preparation, we are working at compiling a list of local Portland-area (really, anywhere in Western Oregon north of Eugene) resources for pilgrims preparing for walking the Camino. Places to buy gear, favorite trails or walking routes, etc. If you have a recommendation, please send us an email and we'll add it to the list. This information will be put into a Google Doc that everyone can access when it is completed.

Camino mentoring
Some of you may have questions about planning your Camino and some of you may be interested in sharing your Camino knowledge with others. If you are interested in serving as a mentor to a future pilgrim, please send us an email (Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org) with your contact information (email, phone and what route/when you walked). If you are a future pilgrim would like to be mentored, please send us an email with your contact information (email, phone and what route you are thinking about walking). If we have some matches, we'll put you in contact with one another. As always, Kathy and I are always willing and able to get together with anyone planning their Camino walk to answer questions and give advice.

Rev 07/16/15

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