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Rosarian Academy Fourth-Grade Teacher Returns from 550 Mile Religious Pilgrimage Through Europe

Katherine Murphy, fourth-grade teacher at Rosarian Academy, spent her summer fulfilling a dreÑwalking 550 miles on a religious pilgrimage called the Cino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. Jes). Traveling with her brother, Michael, and carrying everything they needed in their backpacks, they finished the journey in 38 days. This pilgrimage dates back to medieval times.

The sibling pair started the Cino pilgrimage on June 21st in the beautiful, picturesque town of St. Jean Pied de Port, France. They faced the most difficult portion of the Cino right at the beginning, crossing the Pyrenees over the border between France and Spain. Then they continued across northern Spain to Santiago de Compestela, Spain, where the apostle St. Jes is buried. From there, they walked three more days to Finisterre (which translates to Òend of the earthÓ) on the coast. During the Middle Ages, pilgrims often traveled all this way, and it was thought that the coast was the end of the world.