Father José Ignacio, A Memory

By Sara Steig Gradwohl | February 23, 2024

José Ignacio was a driving force in the founding of the modern hospitalero movement. He was the creator and original coordinator of Hospitaleros Voluntarios. He created courses for volunteers; he published Peregrino, the first pilgrim magazine. From his energy and love of pilgrims spread the idea, beginning in 1990, of opening donativo albergues to provide for all pilgrims, regardless of means.

Remembering Sandy Lenthall

By Sara Steig Gradwohl | December 12, 2023

It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of Sandy Lenthall on November 30, 2023. Sandy was instrumental in the founding of American Pilgrims as she hosted early gatherings at her home in Williamsburg, VA.

American Pilgrims’ 3rd Annual Virtual Open House, Saturday, December 9, 2023

By Sara Steig Gradwohl | November 27, 2023

Join us on Saturday, December 9, 2023, for our 3rd annual virtual open house. The daytime lineup includes a tribute to John Brierley and interviews with Gemma Brierley, Sister Katherine O’Flynn, Dave Donselar, Faith Walter, Johnnie Walker Santiago, Leigh Brennan, a short conversation with Martin Sheen and Rick Steves! The evening lineup includes interviews with Dan Mullins and Skye the Silent Pilgrim.

Celebrate Your Camino with a Distance Sticker

By Sara Steig Gradwohl | June 23, 2023

Celebrate your Camino with a distance sticker from American Pilgrims. Minimum donation is $5 per sticker.

American Pilgrims on the “Camino Cafe” Podcast

By Sara Steig Gradwohl | April 2, 2023

Recently American Pilgrims’ members and volunteers Steve and Carol Lytch were guests on Leigh Brennan’s Camino Cafe podcast. Steve is the current board chairman of American Pilgrims. Steve and Carol were volunteers in 2022 at the Ribadiso albergue on the Camino Francés. Follow this link to learn more about our Ribadiso Welcome Service. Leigh filmed…

Our Next Hospitalero Training Session: Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4, 2023

By Sara Steig Gradwohl | March 22, 2023

We are excited and pleased to announce the next Hospitalero Training session of 2023 will be held Friday, June 2, 2023, to Sunday, June 4, 2023, at the Mt. Gilead Camp & Conference Center in Stroudsburg, PA.

Navarra: Una Experiencia en el Camino

By Sara Steig Gradwohl | March 8, 2023

American Pilgrims on the Camino is offering our members a unique Spanish travel opportunity May 18-26, 2023, in Navarra, Spain.

This first-ever cultural journey, in coordination with Los Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Estella, will traverse the geographically diverse region of the medieval Basque Kingdom of Navarra and give participants the opportunity to intimately get to know the culture, gastronomy and wine, and varied terrain along the Camino Francés as well as portions of the Aragones and the Baztanes.

Hospitalero Training Offers Second Session April 11-13, 2023

By Sara Steig Gradwohl | January 26, 2023

Many who attend the Annual Gathering of Pilgrims are interested in our hospitalero training. In the past, we have not been able to accommodate everyone who wished to attend. This year, if there’s enough interest, we have the capacity to offer two hospitalero trainings April 11-13, 2023, just prior to the Gathering in Zephyr Cove, NV.

John Brierley

American Pilgrims’ 2nd Annual Virtual Open House, Saturday, December 10, 2022

By Sara Steig Gradwohl | December 11, 2022

Join us on Saturday, December 10, 2022, for our 2nd annual open house! John Brierley, renowned , will join us to share inspirations from the Camino and his reflections on the healing power of the Camino.

Registration is now open for our Hospitalero Training session in Point Reyes, CA

By Sara Steig Gradwohl | November 16, 2022

Do you want to give back to the pilgrim community? Would you like to serve pilgrims as an hospitalero at an albergue along the Camino? Read on to learn more about our next training session.