Husband. Father. Backpacker. Pilgrim. Author.
In 2019, Kevin Donahue set off from his home in the United States to begin a pilgrimage journey spanning both years and miles, walking across continents to the ancient end of the world, to kneel at the tombs of eight Apostles. His story is a first-hand account of the people and places found along the way to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.
Kevin’s passion for backpacking began years before in Scouting. Years and life intervened but inspiring journeys – from exploring the Samburuland in Northern Kenya to hiking China’s legendary Dragon’s Spine – rekindled his passion to explore and to share his experiences on his blog, One Step Then Another.
Serene moments along the Florida Trail and Appalachian Trail prompted Kevin to undertake a greater reflection on his faith journey. With the support of his family, he began a series of pilgrimage walks that would lead him across Portugal and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean connecting California’s Missions Trail, across the North Sea to Holy Island, from London to Canterbury upon Britain's historic Pilgrims’ Way, and onward towards Rome via Europe’s Via Francigena on a journey of soulful discovery. Reflections from these pilgrimages form the basis for his first book, printing in 2023: Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal.
During the Covid-pandemic, Kevin felt disconnected from his pilgrim family. With a goal of helping to connect the global pilgrim community, Kevin hosts interviews with authors and pilgrims on the Sacred Steps Podcast. From the Camino de Santiago through Spain to the Via Francigena across Europe to Italy, the podcast features updates and first-hand accounts from the footpaths of pilgrimage.
Kevin lives in Florida with his wife, son, and their two beagles: Otis and Larry.