Remembering Sandy Lenthall

It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of Sandy Lenthall on November 30, 2023.

Sandy Lenthall (1937-2023)

The groundwork for establishing American Pilgrims on the Camino was laid in Sandy’s living room. She was one of the organizers of the first Gathering of Pilgrims in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1998, and for many years remained active as a coordinator with the Southeast Virginia Chapter.

You can view a 2019 interview with Sandy, in which she discussed the early days of American Pilgrims on the Camino:

Sandy Lenthall on the history of American Pilgrims

You can also read Sandy’s obituary, which was published in the Virginia Gazette and includes suggested ways to honor her memory.

If you would like to share a few sentences of reflection for inclusion in the next edition of La Concha, please send an email to with the subject line “Sandy.”

We owe a great debt to Sandy Lenthall and our other founders, in whose footsteps we walk today, and we offer our deepest condolences to all whose lives she touched.


Steve Lytch, Chair, Board of Directors

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