Many people discover wondrous things as a result of walking the Camino – the Way of St James – in western France and northern Spain. Blessed Sacrament priest Jo Dirks’ experience there changed his life.
When he was in the seminary training for the priesthood, he studied English and German literature, and tried his hand at writing poetry. However, when he began his public ministry, including preaching, inspiration dried up. He could no longer write. It took the Camino to unblock the spring.
Jo walked the Camino in 2007. Along the way he kept a journal. Some years after his travels, he revisited his journal and inspiration returned. He began a collection of poetic memories of his travels.
Since then, he has written poems on many other subjects. These he has called ‘the fruits of the Camino’. They form part of this delightful book.
The Surprise of Walking
Jo Dirks is the leader of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation in Australia. After studies in the bellbird bushland of Templestowe, and at Melbourne University, he was ordained in 1969. Since then he served in various houses of the Australian Province in Bowral, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. Jo’s hobbies include photography, classical music, writing, reading, theatre, cinema, tennis and bushwalking. His fluency in German enables him to lead monthly the Germanspeaking Catholic community in the Eucharist.