Every year since 1998, American Pilgrims on the Camino or its predecessor organizations has hosted an annual Gathering of Pilgrims. These events are opportunities to enjoy the company of old friends, to meet new ones and to relive the experience of the Camino.

The 2016 Gathering of Pilgrims

Telling the Way Within

Hospitalero Training
Tuesday, April 5 - Thursday, April 7, 2016
2016 Gathering of Pilgrims
Thursday, April 7 - Sunday, April 10, 2016
The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
Belleville, Illinois (across the river from St. Louis, Missouri

Information about the 2016 Gathering of Pilgrims
will be available early winter 2015!

In the meantime, mark you calendar!


Hospitalero Training
Tuesday, April 5 - Thursday, April 7, 2016
Available only to members of American Pilgrims
also have previously walked or cycled on the Camino.

If you have financial concerns that will prevent you from registering for hospitalero training, please be aware
that American Pilgrims has an Hospitalero Training Scholarship Program.
For details and to apply, please visit our Grant Program page.

You can always contact the Gatherings coordinators for general information about American Pilgrims annual Gatherings.

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Average maximum and minimum temperatures for Belleville, Illinois for April 7 are 66°F and 39°F.

For its 18th Annual Gathering of Pilgrims (2015), American Pilgrims on the Camino ventured into new territory — The Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, California. The Gathering's theme was "Ever Ancient — Ever New". As always there were sessions devoted to the practical side of doing the Camino, sessions on Camino first aid and general Q&A. Talks ranged from the academic to the practical. Presentation topics included Santiago as Superhero, overlooked roads: the Camino de Madrid, the Vía Romea Germanica and the Camino portugués de la Plata. Thursday evening we were treated to a concert of fado music, the traditional music of Portugal. A stunning highlight of the Gathering was the photography workshop conducted by Michael George and his presentation Portrait of a Pilgrim. As always there was time for personal interactions with other peregrinos, past and future. There were special occasions for chapter coordinators and returned hospitaleros and Amigos to meet and interact. Saturday evening's Camino Cabaret was an outlet for the varied - to say the least! - talents of our attendees. Who would have guessed!?

Xunta de GaliciaWe offer a hearty and heartfelt ¡Muchas gracias! to our friends from the Xacobeo organization in Galicia, Spain who have provided generous and continuing support for American Pilgrims Gatherings. You might consider visiting their website (by clicking on their logo). It truly is an outstanding resource for pilgrims. And of course they are the definitive source for information on the Camino routes in Galicia.


Hospitalero trainingHospitalero training by American Pilgrims is always conducted in conjunction with the annual Gathering but in addition we offer other sessions throughout the year. Check the Hospitaleros page for further information.

Consider giving back to the Camino!. Those who have gone on from walking the Camino to serving as hospitaleros say that this experience if anything is even more rewarding than the Camino itself. For some insight into the sense of fulfillment, there is an interesting YouTube video about service that has snippets of interviews with the late Don José María of San Juan de Ortega, Don Jesús Jato of the albergue Ave Fenix and the Confraternity's Marion Marples.

For more information, see our Hospitaleros page.

In addition to the training offered by American Pilgrims, weekend courses are offered Canada several times each year. Our Canadian brethren or anyone who cannot make it to training offered by American Pilgrims might consider this alternative. Please see our Local/Regional Events page.

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