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Pilgrim, professor uncovers mystery behind sacred pilgrimages

October 4, 2006

George Greenia, a pilgrim of sacred medieval routes, will discuss the concept of pilgrimages in “Sacred Steps:  Pilgrimage Medieval and Modern” at Wake Forest University at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in Greene Hall, Room 145. 

Greenia has bicycled more than 2,000 miles and walked more than 1,200 miles to follow the pilgrimage routes of medieval Europe along the Camino de Santiago to the shrine of St. James the Apostle.  He has guided several student groups through the Camino experience, and many students have reported considerable personal transformations as a result of living from a backpack for more than 500 miles. 

Greenia is a professor of Spanish at the College of William & Mary, co-founder and former director of William & Mary’s interdisciplinary program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and founding editor of the magazine American Pilgrim.   

According to Betsy Taylor, director of Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Center, organizers hope the lecture will inspire other students to join a group of Wake Forest students who will take a pilgrimage to Taize, France, in the summer of 2007. 

The lecture, sponsored by Wake Forest’s Romance Languages department, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Pro Humanitate Center, is free and open to the public.  For more information, call (336) 758-6075.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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