As the founding member of APOC’s Old Pueblo Chapter, I have the honor of placing a scallop shell around the neck of each member Pilgrim prior to his or her departure for the Camino.
At our September, 2014 meeting, Malvina and I had the pleasure of presenting Father Bart Hutcherson with a scallop shell. Father Bart was leaving for a sabbatical in Spain and then would be walking the Camino during the Spring of 2015.
On Sunday, June 7th I attended the Pilgrim’s Mass in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Being a Catholic I received communion during the mass. To my surprise when I looked up to the priest who gave me the host, it was Father Bart!
Fast forward to the next Sunday, June 14th. I unexpectedly found Malvina (my chapter co-coordinator) had just arrived in Santiago. I sent her a message and Marcy and I met Malvina in Praza do Obradoiro and then onto one of the many cafés around the cathedral to toast our accomplishments.