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Sisters Mary Susanna Vasquez and Francis Clare Fischer.

MSJ Sisters walking the Camino

Sisters Francis Clare Fischer and Mary Susanna Vasquez, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, are ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Their pilgrimage began Aug. 20 walking the Camino de Santiago, Way of Saint James, with a plane trip to Biarritz, France, and a train to St. Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees. The pilgrimage culminates about 500 miles later in Santiago, Spain. They plan to walk about 12-15 miles a day, resting at pilgrim hostels along the way.

Hiking with their 19-pound backpacks at various regional parks, the hills of San Francisco and our Motherhouse grounds has prepared them physically and emotionally. Journaling and photography will memorialize their unfolding journey and keep us in touch when internet is available.

Sister Francis Clare states: "The Camino is a 'Life Gift' of time to be present to the Divine in each person I encounter and in myself. Praying for peace as I carry with me all my Sisters, family and those who have touched my life over these past 71 years. … All is Blessing!" Sister Francis Clare's sister-in-law Karen Fischer from Keaau, Hawaii, will also walk with them on this pilgrimage.

Sister Mary Susanna noted that John Denver's song "Looking for Space" comes to mind regarding this pilgrimage, especially the lyrics: "And I'm looking for space, And to find out who I am." She's looking forward to time and space to reflect, grow and change. "Our whole life is a journey in relationship to our God and others. Everyone dear to me will be close in mind and heart. I am so grateful for this opportunity."

Follow their journey at www.facebook.com/DominicanSistersofMSJ/ or www.msjdominicans.org.

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