I first came to Lourdes in the Summer of 1996 when I was Deacon studying French in Paris. I was brought here by my dear friend and mentor Fr. Bill Lowery who loved this place dearly. It has subsequently become very special to me (This is my 5th time here). I have long thought that any pilgrimage to Santiago for me would begin here. Today has been perfect. I had nothing to do today but to pray and to make some final spiritual preparations. Tonight I went to the Candlelight Rosary Procession. I was thinking of Bill and how delighted he was to bring me to my first Lourdes Procession. I was thinking of the 40 young people I introduced to Lourdes in 2000. And I was asking the Queen of Heaven to watch over all pilgrims on the Camino. I'm ready. Tomorrow I walk.
The Pilgrim Priest
Fr. Bart Hutcherson, OP is a priest of the Dominican Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in the Western USA. From April 20 - June 1, 2015 he walked from Lourdes, France to Santiago de Compostella, Spain. This page contains observations, images and reflections from the Way of St. James.
Fr. Bartholomew Hutcherson, OP, "The Pilgrim Preacher" is an Itinerant Preacher and member of the Western Dominican Province Preaching Team. He is available for retreats, conferences, and Parish Missions. He offers pilgrimages periodically and shares images and reflections on this website as "virtual pilgrimages."