In June a group from Austin Seminary followed in the footsteps of Christians throughout the centuries as they embarked on a pilgrimage along the Way of St. James from Le Puy to Conques, France. This two-week spiritual journey, led by Professor Jennifer Lord, took the group 130.4 miles across the French countryside.
Each morning before the group set out for their 10-12-mile hike they were offered a meditation to consider for the day. Some days the group hiked together, singing and sharing. Other days they trekked alone. The miles of hiking provided ample time for reflection and connecting with the living God. Pilgrims have historically traveled the Way of St. James to seek penance, enlightenment, and spiritual rejuvenation.
During the final three days of their journey, the Austin Seminary group was accompanied by a French documentary crew and reporter filming a piece on the region and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place and tomb of St. James. The two-hour documentary featuring the Austin Seminary group is expected to be available in the fall of 2014.