Guest speaker Roel Heij is the father of UUFS member Nienke Heij.
Pilgrimages to holy places are part of the spiritual way in a lot of religions. Christianity has three main Pilgrimages: to Rome, to St. James the Compostela, and to Jerusalem. This morning, Roel Heij invites us to reflect on the route he walked in 2006 from his home in Eibergen in the Netherlands to St. James in the Northwest of Spain – about 1700 miles walking across Europe – 90 days full of unexpected hospitality, inspiring meetings and beautiful nature.
Roel Heij was born in 1953 as the second child of nine children in an orthodox Protestant family in Holland. He was educated and worked in the field of gardening and landscaping. He writes: “At the very beginning of my worklife I promised myself that I would take a sabbatical and in 2006 I had the possibility to take seven months away from my job. I took this time to learn more about the Roman Catholic way of life, and to learn more about myself as I walked the historic way to St. James de Compostela from my home in the Netherlands.”