From the fondness of walking, from the joy of making the Way, the desire to make a pilgrimage to Fatima, Santiago de Compostela (St. James) or another Sanctuary, Ultreya was born, first more as a place of sharing and archiving texts and photographs.
Over time, the quest to learn more about the ways of pilgrimage, more about walking, hiking, trekking, through different courses, made possible, to acquire a set of knowledge, always with the perspective of being safe and confident in the Way, alone or in a group.
After many pilgrimages to the ways of Fatima, many times with the privilege of leading exceptional groups of pilgrims, I recognize that the joy of arrival is always different, renewed, overflowing, but also greater and multiplied by those with whom I share the way.
In 2017, the year of the Centenary of the Apparitions of Fatima, the project "Six Apparitions, Six Pilgrimages" came about in a natural way, making it possible to apply the experience and knowledge acquired, but also to publicize the work of two Associations that are very dear to me (Associação Humanidades e Associação de Amigos dos Caminhos de Fátima).
Being able to go on pilgrimage, experiencing the Way, in the company of so many brave pilgrims, to contribute even modestly to help, is being amazing.
I am collecting experiences, confidences, emotions, pieces of life mixed with stones on the way, which I hope one day to be able to count and transmit, as faithfully as possible, to my children.
The digital space and corresponding visibility that the site Ultreya.pt, Facebook and Instagram facilitate, has allowed me to help some pilgrims who wish to make the Way but who seek the support of someone with experience.
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Ultreya (or Ultreia) - meaning:
From the Latin ultra (beyond) and eia (interjection to move) expression that was pronounced by the pilgrims who arrived at the Cathedral of Santiago, as a show of jubilation for having reached the end of their journey. Used as a greeting serves as an encouragement among pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.
It is not just a way of expressing the joy of having achieved the goal, overcoming all difficulties, but something like: "moving forward," "going further," going further "with enthusiasm and faith.