Fränkische St. Jakobus-Gesellschaft Würzburg e. V.
Franconian Association of St. James, Würzburg/Bavaria
|Founded:||November, 20. 1988|
|Vice-President:||Dietrich H. Preiser|
Tu, We, Th from 9 to 12 o’clock
Tel. +49 931 386-63870
Fax +49 931 386-63879
|Members:||1435 (August 2009)|
History and Activities:
In the year 1988, people who were very fond of Saint James started their pilgrimage from Würzburg/Bavaria to the tomb of the apostle in Santiago de Compostela. They did the whole way of about 2.500 km in five stages and reached Santiago in 1992. Already in 1988 18 pilgrims of the group founded the Association Fränkische St. Jakobus-Gesellschaft Würzburg e.V. Meanwhile the Association has more than 1.400 members and many friends in whole Europe and South Africa.
For her involvement in the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, in May 2000 the Fränkische St. Jakobus-Gesellschaft Würzburg e.V. was appointed as honorary member by the Association Archicofradía of Santiago de Compostela.
The main focus of the Association – the revival of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela – has been realized in the meantime. At the moment the Germans are the pilgrims who arrive most to Santiago de Compostela, apart from Spanish people.
The Association is authorized to issue the orginal credencial (pilgrims’ passport) of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. With this passport pilgrims on foot, by bike or on horse are allowed to sleep in the refuges and receive the certificate “Compostela” when arriving to Santiago de Compostela. 2006 were issued 4.280 credencials, 2007 even 6.168, each one issued by people who work voluntarily for the Association.
During the last years some Ways of St. James in Southern Germany were opened by the Association of Würzburg or with her support: From Fulda via Würzburg following the “Fränkisch-Schwäbischer Jakobsweg” (Franconian-Swabian Way of St. James) to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and further to Ulm. From Eslarn at the frontier with the Czech Republic to Nuremberg and further on via Heilsbronn to Rothenburg ob der Tauber or from Eschlkam at the frontier with the Czech Republic via Regensburg and Eichstätt to Lake Constance (East-Bavarian Way of St. James). From Aschaffenburg to Colmar (Alsace), from Lichtenfels via Bamberg to Nuremberg and from Hof via Bayreuth to Nuremberg.
The Association also supports refuges in Spain (Grañon in the Camino Francés), in France (Bouzais in the Via Lemovicensis) and in Germany (Gaukönigshofen in the Franconian-Swabian Way of St. James). Donations for further support are warmly welcome. Donations receipts can be issued.
Advice is given written, by telephone, by eMail and personally to people who would like to do the Way of St. James. Once a year there is a public information day in Würzburg and other German towns. Each month on the second Saturday there is a pilgrims’ mass in Würzburg where pilgrims can receive the blessing for their way. Four times a year comes out “Unterwegs im Zeichen der Muschel”, which is the newspaper of the Association. Also people who are not members can subscribe to it by paying a low fee.
The Association of Würzburg is pleased about every new member as well as about contacts to other Associations or Confraternities. Religious denomination is not important, only the common interest in the Camino de Santiago and the friendship with St. James.