Sacred Steps Podcast

12: Veterans on the Camino - Interview with Sr. Chief Brad Genereux, USN, Ret.

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After 22 years in the US Navy, Sr. Chief Brad Genereux (https://veteransonthecamino.com) retired from the service and returned to a civilian world he no longer recognized. Lost and seeking solace, Brad found peace along the Camino de Santiago. He returned to the United States and founded VETERANS ON THE CAMINO, a non-profit dedicated to helping heroes find healing along the Camino. Brad’s joins us to discuss his organization, the pain that so many servicemen and women share when returning from the battlefield, and the steps towards healing along the Camino de Santiago on today’s episode of the Sacred Steps Podcast.

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After 22 years in the US Navy, Sr. Chief Brad Genereux (https://veteransonthecamino.com) retired from the service and returned to a civilian world he no longer recognized. Lost and seeking solace, Brad found peace along the Camino de Santiago. He returned to the United States and founded VETERANS ON THE CAMINO, a non-profit dedicated to helping heroes find healing along the Camino.  Brad’s joins us to discuss his organization, the pain that so many servicemen and women share when returning from the battlefield, and the steps towards healing along the Camino de Santiago on today’s episode of the Sacred Steps Podcast. 

 

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GUEST:  Sr. Chief Brad Genereux, US Navy, Retired

As a career military man, Brad Genereux deployed eleven times around the globe. Deployment demons and the uncommon stress of a military life pursued him until Brad confronted the inner darkness stalking his days and nights while walking the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage in northern Spain. Senior Chief Petty Officer Builder Bradley D. Genereux, United States Navy, retired, is a decorated Operation Enduring Freedom veteran. He spent nine months in Afghanistan with the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for acts of bravery while under fire. In the Spring and Fall, Brad leads other veterans on the Spanish path to peace.

 

MEET 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. Available for Easter 2022, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal, is Kevin's first-hand account of the people and places found along the way to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.

 

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Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal

Available from print and digital booksellers for Easter 2022, 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.