The UTO Board is happy to announce the UTO Camino Challenge Grant, for which UTO will match donations of up to $60,000 to support the building and development of the Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago, Spain.

UTO has a long history of partnership with the Church in Spain, and we are excited to support this next endeavor together.

The Anglican Pilgrim Centre will be a place for:

• All Christians to receive communion at the end of their pilgrimage
• All clergy, without exception, to celebrate the Eucharist in Santiago
• Equipping the next generation of Episcopal leaders in Hispanic ministry

About the Camino

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is one of oldest routes of pilgrimage in Christianity, and Santiago de Compostela was the third holiest site in Christianity in the Middle Ages (after Jerusalem and Rome). Over 250,000 people walk part of the Camino every year, and more and more of them are Protestants; in fact, Protestants walking the Camino now outnumber Roman Catholics. But while Roman Catholics can end their pilgrimage by celebrating the Eucharist together in the cathedral, Protestants are not welcome to take Holy Communion there and so don’t have a place to end their journey together. Since 2015, plans to build an Anglican Centre in Santiago have been developing, and UTO now is joining in that work.

Episcopalians on the Way

The Friends of the Anglican Pilgrim Centre note that it “will welcome pilgrims of all faiths, embracing ecumenism, outreach hospitality, youth development, spiritual formation, and interfaith dialogue,” providing a place to stay and to celebrate the Eucharist together as pilgrims end their spiritual journey along the Camino while continuing to process their pilgrimage together.

This October 5th-14th 2019, the United Thank Offering, accompanied by the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, is thrilled to offer a UTO Pilgrims on the Camino, a pilgrimage that combines portions of walking the Camino with visits to UTO grant sites in Madrid and Northwest Spain.  

Donate to the Challenge Grant

Donate now, one of three ways:

Text: “Camino” to 41444

Select “UTO Camino Challenge Grant”

Send a check with “UTO Camino Challenge Grant” in the memo, to:

United Thank Offering
DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 958983
St. Louis, MO 63195-8983

Important Documents for Pilgrims on the Way

Picture above used with kind permission from Turismo de Galicia.

Itinerary, Pricing, & FAQs
Corazon Travel, Terms and Conditions
The UTO Partnership with Northern Indiana
UTO Newsletter Article, January 2019
UTO Newsletter Article – The Grant Site Pilgrim’s Way, March 2019
UTO Newsletter Article – Camino Just Right?, April 2019

Questions? Contact Michelle Walker at miwalker@episcopalchurch.org