Kate Campbell Strauss to Present “Heeding the Call: Adventures of the Spirit on el Camino de Santiago” Pilgrimage

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                  Portland, ME, (January 2):  For more than a thousand years pilgrims have traveled to Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Spain, which is believed to house the relics of St. James the Apostle. In 2011 Kate Campbell Strauss, a young woman from Portland motivated by a desire for spiritual experience, completed a 1,000-mile solo pilgrimage across France and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, joining almost 200,000 people who received a certificate of pilgrimage that year.

Kate will speak about her experiences in a talk entitled “Heeding the Call: Adventures of the Spirit on El Camino de Santiago” on Sunday afternoon, January 26 at 2 o’clock at the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland.  She will give an overview of the pilgrimage; recount stories and show photographs from her four-month-long journey; and take questions.  Her talk is the first Karen Lemke Memorial Lecture, a series established to honor the memory of Dr. Lemke, a faculty member of St. Joseph’s College in Standish who passed away in the summer of 2013.

The Karen Lemke Lectures will be presented each year in January in a partnership between the Cultural Affairs Committee of St. Joseph’s College and the Maine Irish Heritage Center.  Dr. Lemke was long-time member of the education faculty of the College, renowned for her dedication to learning and to the advancement of her students.  Her talks in 2012 at the Irish Center and the Maine Historical Society that marked the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic drew many enthusiastic listeners of all ages.

The Maine Irish Heritage Center is located on the corner of State and Gray Streets in Portland.  Admission to “Heeding the Call: Adventures of the Spirit on El Camino de Santiago” is $5; free to Maine Irish Heritage Center members and to the St. Joseph’s College community.

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