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Testimonials from Pilgrims

What an amazing trip! Not only were we retracing the steps of our beloved St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross but our guide, Alberto, was able to put our wanderings into historical context which really brought things to life! Staying at the monasteries (founded hundreds of years ago) was a wonderful experience. It was like staying in a museum but with the Blessed Sacrament just below us. What a special experience for a secular. Traveling with a Carmelite priest was also wonderful…. Daily Mass, Reconciliation, and Adoration were woven into this uplifting journey. I would love to go again. Cara Colburn, Traverse City, Michigan (2019)


To put into words this pilgrimage of 2019 is quite a project. I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I was able to go. First, in its deepest essence it was a totally undiluted Discalced Carmelite spiritual experience. To stand in the spot before the Blessed Sacrament where St. Teresa received the transverberation of her heart brought me right into the presence of God and the saints. To be able to stand at Teresa's tomb and that of St. John of the Cross was incredibly moving. Having Father Matthias, a Carmelite priest, with us for Mass, the Office, private consultations and for confession was priceless. Second, Dr. Alberto Ferreiro gave us history lessons at all the locations. He is a published scholar and put everything we were experiencing into proper historical context. Third, socially you could not top the people on this pilgrimage. Throughout the 15 days there was not one harsh word or cranky attitude from anyone. Some of them were Spanish speakers who made it easy for the rest of us to navigate the Carmelite sites, shops, and restaurants.

Catherine Wilbur, OCDS

Secular Discalced Community of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower

Cherry Hill, New Jersey


“I thoroughly enjoyed the Carmelite 2007 Spain pilgrimage. We saw the essential Carmelite sites in Central Spain along with other sites that provided background information and context to our Carmelite heritage. The pilgrimage was well organized and the food was spectacular. I particularly enjoyed meeting other Carmelites from around the world and sharing insights and experiences from our various communities.” Lynn Miyake, Our Lady of Mount Carmel OCDS, California


“Thank you sincerely for the opportunity to participate in CARMEL 2007 SPAIN PILGRIMAGE.  It was wonderful!  I will cherish the experience of those two weeks in Spain in the company of my spiritual family, as I came to feel about the group after arrival in Madrid.  You are a well-qualified leader, obviously open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, for our trip could not have been better. I highly recommend this pilgrimage, Carmel in the footsteps of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, to all.  Carmel 2007, SPAIN went far beyond my expectations.” Rita Trujillo, OCDS, Las Cruces, NM