027 Fr. Smith’s Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage
Marketing RV with Ranalli & Volpe pulled up to The Coffee Station in Morton, Pa. to chat with Fr. Richard Smith of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish and author of the soon-to-be released book A Long Walk with God (working title). Fr. Smith did not set out to write a book when he embarked on the journey millions of others had taken over the thousand year history of the Camino de Santiago. Rather, the book resulted from copious written reflection of his experience.
The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage through Northwest Spain, with about a dozen trails beginning at points from various European countries, including Spain. Fr. Smith describes it as a well-kept jewel of the faith. While most embark on the journey for spiritual reasons, some go to sightsee. Fr. Smith said it is hard to walk the Camino and not have some sort of spiritual experience.
Both in the podcast and in his book, Fr. Smith shares stories about some of the people he met on his journey. Regardless pilgrims’ backgrounds, camaraderie abounds naturally on the trail and bonds are formed. He remains in contact with many of the pilgrims he met from around the world.
As per usual, Lorraine and Gene take the conversation off the rails here and there, discussing everything from sibling pecking order to exorcisms. Ya just gotta listen and enjoy it!
This is a great show for anyone interested in publishing a book, as Fr. Smith is in the middle of that process. Find out the most difficult part of the book publishing process and solutions to meet those challenges in this and the next episode of Markting RV (Episode 028), when the conversation with Fr. Smith continues.
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01:30 Gene reviews Casino.
03:00 Is Gene a candidate for exorcism?
04:40 Marketing RV disclaimer
09:22 The toughest part about being a book author
10:34 The Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage
12:18 When in Rome…
15:15 The pilgrim mass
16:10 Gene comes up with a business idea for the Camino.
21:00 The tourist angle of the Camino de Santiago
22:00 How to pack for the trek
23:23 Fr. Smith explains how his book came about.
26:21 Three items Fr. Smith carried along the Camino and what he left at Cruz de ferro.
29:00 Lorraine forgets Gene’s name.