*Please note: this is the virtual class option.
CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: AN ACCIDENTAL PILGRIM - One evening course on Monday, January 25
Instructor: Mr. Mike Burns
In the spring of 2019, Mike Burns set off to have an adventure as he walked the Camino de Santiago. While he set off from St. Jean Pied du Porte in France as a seasoned hiker, along his 500-mile journey across Spain he turned into a pilgrim. Inspired by historical buildings, broad vistas, and religious life, Mike settled into the contemplative spirit of the Camino that attracts thousands annually. Along his journey he befriended others from across the globe and all walks of life. Finding simplicity in humble accommodations run by churches and charities, pilgrims rely upon each other and learn to trust in God’s blessings. This session will feature pictures, stories, and lessons learned from Mike’s walk across Spain. The class will serve as introduction to the basics of life as a pilgrim for those who are planning their own Caminos and as a picturesque travelogue for those who just dream of Spain. Mike will donate proceeds from this session to the Marist-run albergue in Sahagun, Spain, where he stayed on his journey.
Mr. Michael Burns has taught and coached at Marist for 22 years. His honors and awards include Marist’s 2017-2019 Loridans Fellowship, the 2009 MacGinnitie Award for Innovation, and three awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Loridans Fellowship afforded him a one-term sabbatical, which he used in the Spring of 2019 to walk a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. A former chair of the English Department, he currently serves as middle school cross country coach and is also a moderator of Marist’s organic garden, which he co-founded. Currently, he teaches American Literature and The American Experiment, a year-long humanities course combining U.S. History and American Literature that he co-teaches with Dr. Nic Hoffmann of the Social Studies department.
Marist School’s Alumni Engagement program, which is a key part of the Office for Institutional Advancement, focuses on building, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with the school’s 10,000 alumni as well as with the growing body of parents of alumni. Various alumni initiatives, events, awards, and publications are aimed at fostering relationships that bind the school and alumni in a sense of common purpose and advance the school’s mission and goals.