Joined together as if by fate for a memorable dinner, five pilgrims recall their emotional journeys along Spain’s Camino de Santiago. Powerful and moving, The Pilgrims’ Table is a touching look at the transformational power of pilgrimage.
Having begun the meal as strangers, the five shared knowing glances as the last plates were cleared. Tomorrow would see them setting off separately but – for tonight – they were one pilgrim family. Different paths had brought them across Spain to Chez Mer, yet their journies had a collective familiarity. Matthieu stepped back into the room and broke the long silence with a toast, “My friends, thank you for being in my house tonight. As pilgrims, we walk alone at times… but we are never alone. We are always together. Your journey is your own but pilgrimage… it is ours, together. We are the pilgrims. You have touched my heart with your stories tonight. I wish you a safe passage, a blessed journey, and a Buen Camino.” They stood and hugged one another before making their way to bed. Matthieu carried the glasses to the sink and gazed out from the small kitchen’s window upon the farmlands. Goodbyes were always the hardest for him. These pilgrims had experienced so much and their stories made reminded him of his own journeys years before. As the moonlight shone on the field, he could see the stars that shone on towards Santiago de Compostela. “Buen Camino,” he said with a smile. “Yes. Yes. Buen Camino.”
“The Pilgrims’ Table is a love letter to the Camino. It transports you back and makes you long to be walking the Way.”
Sean Paul, Director, UCLA Corporation
Husband. Father. Backpacker. Pilgrim. Author.
Kevin Donahue began walking pilgrimage routes in 2019, joining the historical footprints of pilgrims seeking places and people to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love. His passion for these historic footpaths and reflections from the journeys formed the basis for his first book, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal.
In his new book, The Pilgrims’ Table, Donahue recalls stories shared by pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena. Based upon a true story, The Pilgrims’ Table is a heartful retelling of the transformational power of pilgrimage and the incredible personal impact upon pilgrims from across the world.
At the crossroads of history and faith, a reluctant pilgrim embarks on a modern pilgrimage along the world’s most revered footpaths. Along the way, he discovers the places and encounters people that inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.
Joined together as if by fate for a memorable dinner, five pilgrims recall their emotional journeys along the Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena. Powerful and moving, The Pilgrims’ Table is a touching and deeply personal look at the transformational power of pilgrimage.