Confraternity of St. James South Africa
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Welcome to the Confraternity Saint James  
of South Africa (CSJofSA)

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 Andrée Lombard, Chairman

Dear Amigos

Welcome to the website of the Confraternity of Saint James of South Africa.

Our Confraternity is a voluntary organization that was founded in Cape Town, South Africa, in February 2006 as a Non-Profit, Public Benefit organization.

The Confraternity’s main aim is to assist South African pilgrims who wish to make a pilgrimage to the relics of Saint James which is preserved in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, by means of walking or cycling any of the medieval pilgrim routes which is generally referred to as the "Camino de Santiago”.

We promote a general awareness amongst all South Africans of the cultural diversity and spiritual importance of the Camino de Santiago and we take steps to ensure that this knowledge is imparted to the community as a whole.

Furthermore, we assist our members with advice during the preparation phase of their pilgrimage and we pro-actively research, collect and disseminate information relating to the Camino which is likely to be of use to our members.

Membership of the CSJ of SA is open to all South Africans and is not restricted to those who have made or wish to make the journey to Santiago de Compostela. Note. If you require a Shengen visa you will need to join the confraternity and obtain a pilgrim record. With this we will issue a letter which you must present to the Visa offices in lieu of proof of residence in Spain. They, the Spanish consulate accept this as you being a bone fide pilgrim.  

We have increased our membership to 3 Years for only R100, and there is an online
for ease of use.
Within South Africa we have six regional chapters, led by regional representatives in the Western Cape (Cape Town), Gauteng (Johannesburg), Kwa-Zulu Natal (Durban), Southern Cape (Knysna), Northern Cape (Springbok) and the Eastern Cape (Port Elizabeth).

One of the key documents which we issue is the Pilgrim Record. This document must be stamped along The Way daily as it serves as confirmation that the bearer has walked at least the last 100 kilometers to Santiago de Compostela. The CSJofSA Pilgrim Record is recognized and accepted by the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela and is the key requirement for the issuing of the "Compostela". The Compostela is a certificate of completion of the Camino and is still written in Latin.

Our official publication, "Amigos”, is distributed three times a year to members. In this publication we present articles of general interest about all aspects of the Camino as well as information about local and international activities and events that will be of interest to South African pilgrims. In addition, we publish a quarterly newsletter, "Hola”, in which we provide an updated "Calendar of Events” as well as important information relating to, for instance, visa requirements for South African pilgrims, travel news, New Pilgrim workshop dates, social functions, etc.

If you are interested in the Camino de Santiago or contemplate going on pilgrimage on one of the ancient pilgrim routes in Spain, Portugal or France in the foreseeable future, we would like to encourage you to become a member of our Confraternity. 

Buen Camino!
Andrée Lombard
Click for more Information about the following:
Compostela Register (if you have walked the Camino, and have your Certificate,
you can register with us)

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1st Floor, Block B, North Park,
Black River Park,
2 Fir Street, Observatory,
Western Cape,
Cape Town, 7925,
South Africa
Tel: 021 526 0430


St James Day

St James day in Cape Town
Date: 23rd July
Venue: St James Church, St James, Cape Town.
Time: 11.00

St James day KZN

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
79 Old Main Road, Kloof
Time: from 11.00 am on wards

Father Brian will bless Pilgrims and Back Packs

To receive an invitation to the St James’ Day Feast, please contact
Jenny on
Cell:  0849520622  
or Syl at
Cell: 083 474 8086

Krugersdorp North
Camino Workshop
Fully Booked!

Camino to Santiago
by John Rafferty

Spiritual Guide to the Camino, Camino

Bargain Price R55
A Spiritual Guide to the Camino
by John Rafferty

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