ABOUT THE PODCAST

Walking virtually alongside pilgrims and authors, the Sacred Steps Podcast explores the world's most revered footpaths, connecting a community of pilgrims from across the globe. 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. A companion to the book Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal by Kevin Donahue, the podcast also introduces several lesser-known journeys, such as England’s Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury and the California Missions Trail in the United States.

The bi-weekly podcast is available on YouTube and all major podcasting platforms, including: 

 

Did you know?  The podcast broadcasts from the Chez Mer Studios in Florida, a name chosen in honor of Kevin's wife for her support of his journeys and the show. 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

Begun to help connect the global pilgrim community, the Sacred Steps Podcast streams to pilgrims in more than forty countries on six continents. Through Patreon, our members help support the podcast on an ongoing basis, funding recording, production, and distribution costs. Not only do our members lend support to the show, but - through their actions - they inspire and support a community of pilgrims planning their first footsteps of pilgrimage.

Membership Access is a premium offering with unique benefits, including assistance with planning your pilgrimage and behind-the-microphone events.

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SACRED STEPS: A PILGRIMAGE JOURNAL

Available from print and digital booksellers for Easter 2023, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal is the first-person account of a reluctant pilgrim navigating the eternal questions of faith while walking along the world’s revered paths. The book follows one man’s journey through Portugal and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean connecting California’s Missions Trail, across England’s ancient Pilgrims’ Way, and onward towards Rome via Europe’s forgotten footpaths on a journey of soulful discovery. More than a travelogue, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal is a first-hand account of a pilgrim's journey and the people and places he finds to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.

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About the Host

Kevin Donahue

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.