Saturday, July 20, 2013

Participation Forms

There are two forms that are required to participate on this Camino for August 3rd
Registration Deadline August 1, 2013
You must click the links provided below and print out each page. 
Your completed "Participation Form" should be mailed to:
 DeaconTravel Ministries  
PO Box 124   
Bristol, IL 60512
You may Sign and Scan your Form and send as an email attachment

If you want a commemorative Camino t-shirt, then indicate your shirt
size on the Participation Form and enclose your donation of $20 (if mailing)
otherwise your donation will be collected the day of the Camino.
Checks should be made out to:  St Gianna Molla Shrine Fund


No email?  Phone Your Questions to Deacon Dale

Buen Camino
Deacon Dale 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

An Invitation

El Camino de los Santos
(The Way of the Saints)
An Original Walking Pilgrimage Developed By Deacon Dale and Arlene Metcalfe
 For DeaconTravel Ministries

Saturday - August 3, 2013 
Come Journey With Us
A Two-Part One Day Walking Pilgrimage From

A) St. Patrick, Yorkville To Our Lady of Guadalupe
Shrine aSt Mary Church, Plano

B) St. Mary, Plano To The Site Of The St. Gianna Beretta Molla Shrine At St. Patrick, Yorkville

Morning Pilgrimage – 8:00am – 1:00 pm
(includes Morning Mass)

Afternoon Pilgrimage – 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Adults And Youth Welcome To Participate
Participation Forms – Registration  – Additional Information

Sponsored By The Knights of Columbus – God’s Divine Mercy Council #14463

(All Proceeds Benefit The Saint Gianna Molla Shrine Project)


Buen Camino
Dale and Arlene

The Walk - Part 2

We had so many favorable responses from the half-camino we did on July 6th that we are now scheduling the full day version for Saturday - August 3, 2013.  We will begin with Holy Mass at 8:00 am at Saint Patrick in Yorkville - then leave at 8: 45 am for the shrine at Saint Mary Parish in Plano. Following a half hour lunch break we will do the return trip to Yorkville.  This trek is open to everyone.  Participation forms must be filled out in order to participate. 

You may click here for a printable form:   Participation Form  and for additional information click here: Camino Information.

To register we ask that you email us at: and attached your completed participation forms.

The Knights of Columbus have printed some bright safety orange t-shirts specifically for this camino that are available for a $20 donation to the Saint Gianna Molla Shrine Fund. Shirts are available in Large - Extra-Large and 2X-Large.

Buen Camino
Dale and Arlene 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Camino

Saturday - July 6, 2013 - 20 peregrinos participated in the very first El Camino de los Santos - in Illinois - walking from Yorkville, IL to Plano, IL - a 13 kilometer trek.  It took approximately 3 hours 15 minutes from beginning to completion - which includes about 20 minutes for breaks - check ins and receiving 4 sellos.  Everyone who participated had a great time and thanked us profusely for designing this experience.  We hope to repeat this again and in early August we are aiming to walk this Camino both ways for a total of 26 kilometers.  Unfortunately conflicting commitments Saturday prevented those participating from being able to walk the full Camino. 

Starting at site of St. Gianna Molla Shrine - Yorkville, IL

The Camino begins

City Trekking

City trekking

Father Michael arrives with his water 

Highway trekking 


 Getting off the highway 

 Heading into the grass

 The Camino "feel"

Back on city sidewalks 

 Bright Safety Orange event shirts 

 2nd check point 

Taking a break 

Sellos #2 - Red - Yorkville - Foxes

Getting her sellos 

Morning Prayer 

Father Matt - Charplain Arlene - Deacon Dale 

Time to head out 

Bridge time - water feature 

 Keeping feet dry 

Heading into tall grass 

Walking a quiet country road 

About 2/3 completed at this point 

Check point #3 - Reapers purple sellos 

Last break - time to head out 

Starting the last 2 kilometers 

On to the Shrine 

Street trekking 

 Thank You Knights for the shirts 
Arriving at the Shrine 

Welcome peregrinos

Pilgrim  prayers 

Hail Mary 

Thank you Pat for helping out 

Father Matt in Prayer 

 Final pilgrim prayers 

As a training tool for Arlene and myself this proved valuable - again - we picked up hints and tips and discovered more ways to enhance our planned Camino later this year.  At this point we have fallen in love with the Camino expereince and see this as one of the new directions that we will follow as we continue to evangelize and bring others closer to God and closer to themselves.

Buen Camino
Dale and Arlene Metcalfe

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Update Schedule

As of July 1st - we have approximately 15 people planning on walking with us to Saint Mary Church in Plano.  Nobody has indicated that they intend to walk in the afternoon . We also have been notified of a possible conflict with the Knights of Columbus officer installation that day - some of those being installed are walking with us and there is a concern that they would not be finished in time to attend the installation service following Saturday evening Mass - therefore -  we have made the decision to only walk half of the Camino de los Santos on Saturday July 6th from Yorkville to Plano.  This will allow more time at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and return to Yorkville early afternoon.

Arlene Training

There will be another opportunity to make the full walk in August.  We are checking schedules and verifying times to avoid any future conflicts. If everything checks out - we will do the full camino in another month. 

Buen Camino
Dale and Arlene Metcalfe