Still More May 2022 News (Updated 17th May)

I’m pleased to update you on membership news and activities.

Universal Peace Walk 1543AD | Volunteers

I want to thank all of those who put their names forward as volunteers to assist in the Universal Peace Walk 1543AD effort. We will be in touch with you later on in June to start working on the project together in July.

I’m pleased to inform you that the local councils have also, in the main, responded positively and we have meetings scheduled with most of them who are on the route.

I am conscious that we have missed the date to distribute the Universal Peace Walk  certificates since these were delivered after the social event. We’ll plan another event towards the end of June (or merge it with our end of season trek and swim event) to distribute the certificates as well.

Overseas Treks | Food Intolerance & Teeshirt Size Form

Amalfi (June 2022), Camino Primitivo (Jul / Aug 2022) and the Tochar Phadriag (Irish Camino, Aug 2022) are fully booked. All those who are coming are in the respective WhatsApp Group.

Those who have not yet settled their dues please do so by internet banking to XirCammini (IBAN: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018). For those who prefer to settle by mobile banking or Revolut, it is also possible to direct your payment to the said IBAN number (the process is explained under the Membership section below). Please quote your name and what you are paying (e.g. Joe Borg Amalfi) in the payment reference box so that we can allocate the payment. Thanks.

Can the participants of each of these event please fill in the attached forms?:

Amalfi:

Primitivo

Tochar Phadraig (Irish Camino)

By early June we will also be finalizing and reverting on the Isole Eiolie treks of September.

Local Treks Itinerary

This is the itinerary until the end of May:

Wed 18th MayP14619:00Rabat loop/ Rabat / Wied Hazrun/ Dingli Cliffs / RabatModDominican Priory in Rabat
Saturday 21st MayP14714:00Mellieha / Selmun Palace / down path to Mistra Bay/ along coast facing St Paul Island/clay slopes/Mgiebah Bay/ up to MelliehaModWellbees supermarket (ex-Bellevue), Mellieha
Wed 25th MayP14819:00Wied Qannotta loop/ into valley behind Scotts/ left up to small chapel/ on to ridge/ turn on to rd/ turn L/ then sharp L in from Castello dei Baroni/…Mod.Scotts supermarket /Burmarrad
Saturday 28 MayP14914:00Siggiewi / Salib tal Gholja / Gebel Ciantar / Bronze Age Silos/Fawwara/Mt Carmel Chapel/Tal Providenza Chapel /SiggiewiModSiggiewi Parish Church

In early June we do not have walks because some of us will be travelling to Amalfi. We will write to you again before we meet for our final Trek (and Swim) for the season.

Membership Dues

As you are aware membership is split between a June and a December tranche. The June tranche is coming up for renewal.

Regrettably Din L-Art Helwa are increasing their fees in 2022 and, as a result, we will not be contributing our membership towards din the l-Art Helwa Foundation since XirCammini will not be increasing its fees. We will maintain the Euros 20 per person per annum.

The following are the changes with respect to membership:

  • All memberships due in June will be automatically extended to December 2022 at no extra fee. All memberships will expire/ be due in December.
  • The annual fee will remain Euros 20 per person.
  • It will no longer be tied to Din L-Art Helwa membership. The cards you have are valid until expiry, New cards will be issued for all members in December 2022.

Another very important change is that we will no longer be accepting cash or cheques whether for membership or for any activities that we have. All payments must be submitted via internet banking.

Many are familiar with mobile and Revolut payments. These are still possible modes of payment to our bank account. For example, with Revolut one just has to follow these simple instructions: For Revolut users: tap ‘Payments’ → ‘Transfers’ → ‘Send’ → ‘+ New’ → ‘Add a bank recipient’. You’ll be asked to add the bank transfer details. In this case these are name: XirCammini Bank: APS Bank, Address: you can input just Malta if requested. The important thing to input is the IBAN number: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018

Similar instructions apply for other mobile banking devices such as APS Bank.

The reason why we are adopting this approach is because it reduces the risk of human error and delays in processing payment. Above all, payments processed through a single electronic source also greatly improve governance. As an NGO we are audited and this improves our diligence processes without imposing a strain on our volunteer resources.

Photo Competition

As advised earlier we are running a photo competition to collect photos from pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago during the Jubilee Years 2021 or 2022 for a XirCammini Calendar 2023. In addition to the pleasure of having a photo featured in a 2023 Calendar a Euros 50 voucher will be gifted to each winning entry selected for the Calendar.

The closing date of submissions is November 20th, 2022:

please add international prefix preceded by +
Please add a description (or location) of each photo
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 5 files.
Please upload a maximum of 2 photos (10 Euros) or 5 photos (20 Euros) from your Camino Experience. The closing date is the last Sunday of the Iiturgical year 2022 (i.e. 20th November 2022).

More May 2022 News (Updated)

I’m pleased to update you on membership news and activities.

Universal Peace Walk 1543AD

I’m pleased to inform you that work on the walk continues unabated. The waymarks have been delivered and shortly we will be adding signs and emblems to the waymarks.

If anyone can spare a few hours this summer to help us with fixing emblems and other tasks around assembling the Unversal Peace Walk waymarks please reach out on information@XirCammini.org.

The certificates for the first group Camino (12th March 2022) have been received from the Archbishop’s Curia, signed by H.E. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna. Discussions continue with the Archbishop’s Curia to work closely together on the Universal Peace Walk 1543 AD.

We will also pursue discussions with the local councils to consolidate their involvement in this endeavour.

Overseas Treks

Amalfi (June 2022) and Camino Primitivo (Jul / Aug 2022) are fully booked. There are still some spaces available on the Celtic Camino – Tochar Padraig (Aug 2022) and Isole Eiolie (Sept 2022). We will shortly (before the end of May ) be writing to those who have expressed interest (and or have booked the flights/paid deposits) for the Tochar Padraig (Ireland) as we are finalising the program this week with Ballintuber Abbey. Thank you for your patience.

By early June we will also be finalizing and reverting on the Isole Eiolie treks of September.

Local Treks Itinerary

This is the itinerary of local treks until the end of June 2022. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 7th May 2022.

This week we have the following two walks. Please note that the Gozo walk has been changed from the 7 hills to a slightly more moderate walk from Mgarr Quay to Dahlet Qorrot in view of the fact that the weather is expected to be relatively warm. We will then either loop back to Mgarr or to Rabat and take public transport to the Quay.

ed 11th MayP14419:00Xemxija/out to Majjistral Park and straight out to Cliffs (structure on 4 columns)/ Znuber Tower/rd down and path on Left/ straight back / cross valley/ on to rd tp oldest carob tree and bee hives/ XemxijaModXemxija  (near kiosk)
Saturday 14th MayP1458:30Mgarr – Dahlet Qorrot Coastal LoopModMgarr quay, Gozo

Tucc and I will be waiting for you in Mgarr, Gozo, terminal for a 08:30 a.m. start. We suggest that you take either the 07:30 a.m. or 08:00 a.m. ferry crossing. Regrettably we would not be able to wait for anyone who misses either ferry and comes up with a later one. We endeavour to be back in the Mgarr port 16:00ish.

Membership Dues

As you are aware membership is split between a June and a December tranche. The June tranche is coming up for renewal.

Regrettably Din L-Art Helwa are increasing their fees in 2022 and, as a result, we will not be contributing our membership towards din the l-Art Helwa Foundation since XirCammini will not be increasing its fees. We will maintain the Euros 20 per person per annum.

The following are the changes with respect to membership:

  • All memberships due in June will be automatically extended to December 2022 at no extra fee. All memberships will expire/ be due in December.
  • The annual fee will remain Euros 20 per person.
  • It will no longer be tied to Din L-Art Helwa membership. The cards you have are valid until expiry, New cards will be issued for all members in December 2022.

Another very important change is that we will no longer be accepting cash or cheques whether for membership or for any activities that we have. All payments must be submitted via internet banking.

Many are familiar with mobile and Revolut payments. These are still possible modes of payment to our bank account. For example, with Revolut one just has to follow these simple instructions: For Revolut users: tap ‘Payments’ → ‘Transfers’ → ‘Send’ → ‘+ New’ → ‘Add a bank recipient’. You’ll be asked to add the bank transfer details. In this case these are name: XirCammini Bank: APS Bank, Address: you can input just Malta if requested. The important thing to input is the IBAN number: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018

Similar instructions apply for other mobile banking devices such as APS Bank.

The reason why we are adopting this approach is because it reduces the risk of human error and delays in processing payment. Above all, payments processed through a single electronic source also greatly improve governance. As an NGO we are audited and this improves our diligence processes without imposing a strain on our volunteer resources.

Photo Competition

As advised earlier we are running a photo competition to collect photos from pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago during the Jubilee Years 2021 or 2022 for a XirCammini Calendar 2023. In addition to the pleasure of having a photo featured in a 2023 Calendar a Euros 50 voucher will be gifted to each winning entry selected for the Calendar.

The closing date of submissions is November 20th, 2022.

Interested persons are requested to complete the following form and submit their photos by or before the 20th November 2022:

please add international prefix preceded by +
Please add a description (or location) of each photo

Camino Photos

Please upload a maximum of 2 photos (10 Euros) or 5 photos (20 Euros) from your Camino Experience. The closing date is the last Sunday of the Iiturgical year 2022 (i.e. 20th November 2022).

Good Friday Walk | Smiling with Jerome

Our Christmas Initiative – where we collect goodie baskets for inner harbour areas – has gained ground and helps many families every year, thanks to your generosity.

We have also always had (except for the Covid-19 lockdown period) a Good Friday walk that served as a morning of quiet recollection while still connecting with our circle of friends and trekking buddies. This year we intend to walk again on Good Friday – and also add a touch of generosity and positivity to it.

We will be teaming up with Smiling for Jerome and on the day of the walk members from the foundation will be collecting your donations. These go towards the work that they do with true heroes that walk with us in our everyday life.

Jerome’s mission is to put a smile on everyone’s face. The Foundation takes care of a closed group called TRUE HEROES across Malta and Gozo. This currently consists of around 425 members. The majority are parents whose children have serious illness (including cancer), acute disabilities, or special needs. Many of these children have life threatening conditions which have no cure available.

Smiling with Jerome Foundation volunteers undertake this work with a lot of love and without any salary, proving to the world that from thorns grow roses. And, we are all enriched by it. More information about Smiling With Jerome can be found here.

On 15th April, Good Friday, we will be meeting next to the Xarolla Windmill for an 08:30 a.m. departure. Please have your donations ready to hand to Smiling with Jerome volunteers then. We’ll walk through Carmel Street to the Zurrieq Parish Church where we allow 5 minutes for those who wish to visit the church. From there we’ll proceed through St. Catherine Street to Blue Grotto Avenue and cross over heading towards the Hal Millieri chapels of St. John the Evangelist and the Annunciation. From the Hal Millieri Chapels we’ll walk past ic_cimiterju ta’ l-Ars (a plague cemetary that has been lovingly restored by the Qrendi Local Council), Chapel of St. Katerina tat-Torba, Il-Gnien tal-Kmand (the Luitenant’s Garden given by King George III), Kappella tas-Salvatur (Redeemer Chapel), it-Torri tal-Kaptan, the Parish Church of St. Mary, Chapel of St. Anne, Chapel of St. Matthew of Maqluba and then we loop back to Zurrieq via the Sanctuary of Madonna tal-Hniena. The Mayor of Qrendi, Mr. David Schembri will be accompanying us on this walk

We should reach our cars by 13:30.

This event is open to members and non-members. Join us and donate for a great cause. However, we kindly ask people who will be joining us to register, using this link:

We require registration for the wlak to be able to manage numbers in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
You can either donate in cash on the day. Members of the Foundation will be joining us. Or you can send your donations directly to the foundation,Smiling with Jerome, via Revolut or BOV Mobile Banking on 99872002 or IBAN IBAN MT30 VALL 2201 3000 0000 4002 5276 992

12th March 1543 AD: Universal Peace Walk

www.universalpeacewalk.mt

On the then feast of St. Gregory in 1543 Bishop Domenico Cubelles instituted a peace walk, Pro Pace Universali, at a time when Europe, the old world, was in the throes of war.

The cammino was from the old city, Mdina or Citta Notabile to the Southern most parish known as le Terre di Santa Caterina, or Casale Santa Caterina (current day Zejtun); a 28km procession.

There was an order of precedence to the procession. The Cathedral chapter stood at the back and the newest parish stood at the front. According to the 1436 Rollo de Mello, Malta had ten parishes being Naxxar, Birkirkara, Qormi, Bir Miftuh, Żebbug, Siġġiewi, Żejtun, Żurrieq, Hal Tartani and Mellieha. In addition to these parishes there were other populated areas with their churches and communities such as the inner harbour area, Rabat, Ghaxaq (a suburb of the terre di Santa Caterina) and Zabbar (the sub-parish of St. James which was also part of the Zejtun parish). Furthermore there were the confraternities of lay people, among them the one of Santa Maria (Attard) started during the reign of Bishop Giacomo Valquarena and the one of St. Joseph in Rabat which preceded that of Attard. There were also confraternities of friars most of whom had convents in or around Rabat. Malta, then also had Greek Christian churches. All of these took part on the Universal Peace Walk, all carrying their crosses and banners.

Guns were fired in Mdina signalling the start of the walk in the morning.

Giovanni Franceso Abela (1582–1655) writes about this Cammino in his book Della Descrittione Di Malta. The procession is again mentioned in 1847. By then the number of parishes had increased substantially and some were also elevated to collegiate churches which altered the order of precedence on this Cammino. Zerafa also mentions the hymns that were sung during the procession. Also, the structure of the Cammino changed with parishes meeting in Marsa and continuing towards Zejtun.

Later books, such as the 20th century autobiography of Ganado, Rajt Malta Tinbidel,  also mentions the procession. This once grand and historic Cammino, a part of Maltese heritage is being reintroduced by Maltese hiking NGO, XirCammini on its original anniversary date, 12th March. With the help of Malta Tourism Authority, XirCammini will be engaging with local councils enroute to instal permanent waymarks. A dedicated website with relevant information www.universalpeacewalk.mt has been rolled out in beta format.

More information is available from XirCammini (information@XirCammini.org)

Universal Peace Walk 1543

Some of you remember that we were planning to walk the Universal Peace Walk in March 2020 and had to postpone our plans due to Covid-19 and lock-down.

Work on this project continued unabated and – with the lifting of health measures we will be walking the Universal Peace Walk 1543 this year on the 12th March which happens to be its anniversary date

You can read more about the origins and significance of the Universal Peace Walk 1543 here.

Registration for the 2022 walk is now closed.

Q1 & Q2-2022 Itinerary (Updated Feb 2022)

2020 and 2021 have been have been unlike no others. Covid-19 has taught us to adapt and move on. It has also taught us to focus on who and what is most important.

While respecting health directives, XirCammini continued with its local walks, providing an avenue for people to meet socially and to exercise in the outdoors. In 2021 it also resumed its overseas trekking activities, walking the 850 km Camino Portugues, followed by Matera e Sassi and the Cammino di San Giacomo in Sicila. In between we also enjoyed the Gozo weekend, the Comino perimeter and the Victoria Lines. All in all 2021 has been a busy year.

At the time of updating this piece we can also mention the beautiful experience we had snow-shoeing in Nebrodi and Etna Nord (in lieu of Sila, Calabria due to a cancellation of flights). It was an amazing long-weekend break for the feast of St. Paul in February 2022.

We are pleased to roll out the Jan –Jun 2022 calendar of local and overseas treks. Local treks (other than whole weekend events or ones requiring transport or logistics planning) do not require booking. They are only open for XirCammini registered and paid-up members and all are asked to respect prevailing Covid-19 rules so as not to jeopardise the health of others.

Thanks Marie Louise Muscat Azzopardi for working on this itinerary of walks and for offering to leads some, Thanks John Darmanin for offering to lead the Wednesday Walks and thanks Don Pace for offering to lead the Saturday Walks. Thanks also for those who stepped up to lead some of the overseas treks. This is our association and our collective involvement makes it richer, giving us all more value.

Q1 and Q2 2022 Itinerary:

DateCodeMeeting TimeNameLevel(*)Meeting Place
Saturday, 15th JanP11014:00Siggiewi / Tal Providenza Chapel / across valley towards Salib tal Gholja / across the ridge to Gebel Ciantar and the Bronze Age Grain Silos / down to Fawwara / back to SiggiewiModSiggiewi Parish Church
Wednesday, 19th JanP11119:00Birzebbugia /  Dar ta’ Pultu trail / Ta’ Kaccatura water reserovoir/ on towards football ground in Ghaxaq /Triq Telleritu / and back to starting point.EasySt George’s Bay, Birzebbugia (small parking place where boats are kept on land)
Saturday, 22nd JanP11214:00Bahrija / Bingemma/ Dwejra / Wied il-Qleghja /BahrijaModBahrija swings
Sunday, 23rd JanP1139:00Naxxar (at roundabout at the top of T’Alla u Ommu) / Sta. Katerina Chapel / down towards Ghallis tower/ back part of the trail and then turning towards Salini Hotel / crossing coast road to Salina salt pans and Salina Nature Reserve / towards Bird Park / back towards Naxxar.Mod.Naxxar  at roundabout a the top of T’Alla u Ommu)
Wed, 26th JanP11419:00Qrendi /Hagar Qim / towards Triq il-Wied / return to QrendiEasyQrendi Parish church
Saturday 29th JanP11514:00L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha loopModGhadira parking place, near the public toilets
Wednesday 2nd FebP11619:00Telgha t’Alla u Ommu, Naxxar…Wied Anglu…Wied Faham…Wied id-DiesMod to hardRoundabout at top of it-Telgha t’Alla u Ommu, Naxxar
Saturday, 5th FebP11714:00Mgarr / Fomm ir-Rih / Round headland towards Gnejna / up to il-Lippija Tower / towards Golden Bay but before reaching Golden Bay taking path back to Mgarr.ModMgarr Parish Church
9th – 13th FebP118n/aSila (Calabria) Ghiaccio e Neve3n/a
Wednesday 16 FebP11919:00Rabat loop with a starting warm-up in the Mdina moatModDomus Romana, Rabat, just outside Mdina
Saturday, 19th FebP12014:00Manikata Church Carpark / Pwales /Pilgrim Trail / Mizieb Valley / Majjistral / ManikataModManikata Car Park
Sunday, 20th FebP1219:00Gnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta / Dwejra / Chadwick lakes / MostaModGnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta, Mosta
Wednesday 23rd FebP12219:00Siggiewi loopModLimestone Heritage on the Siggiewi By-Pass
Saturday, 26th FebP12314:00Roman Villa / Mdina Ditch / Stazzjoni / Mtarfa / Wied l-Qlejja / Qolla l-Bajda / Dwejra Lines / Binhemma Lines / Wied l-Qlejja / Nigret / Rabat.ModRoman Villa
Sunday, 27th FebP1249:00Marsaskala / Xrobb l-Ghagin / il=Hofriet / St Peter’s Pool / Tas-Silg /  St Thomas Bay / MarsaskalaModMarsaskala Parish Church
Wed, 2nd MarchP12519:00Rabat /Wied l-Isqof / Girgenti / Wied Hesri / Zebbug / RabatMod /hardDomus Romana, outside Mdina
Saturday, 5th MarchP12614:00Bidnija loop / Dwejra /Bingemma Fort / Vivtoria Lines / is-Santi / past British Brewery(Strickland Hse)ModIn front of San Anton / San Andrea School at l’Imselliet
Wed, 9th MarchP12719:00West Victoria LinesMod il- Kuncizzjoni Chapel, limits of Bahrija
Saturday, 12th MarchP12808:30 – 16:00Universal Peace Walk 1543ADMod Cathedral Square, Mdina
Wednesday, 16th MarP12919:00Bahrija / Bingemma/ Dwejra / Wied il-Qleghja /BahrijaModBahrija swings
28th March – 4th AprilP130n/aCamino InglesModn/a
Tuesday 29th MarP13109.00Camino Ingles Trainign (open to all members) Rabat LoopModDomus Romana, Rabat
Thurs 31 MarchP132 09:00Fishtail: Ghadira, Ahrax, Armier, Marfa, Cirkewwa, Torri Ahmar Ghadira Mod
4hrs
 Ghadira Carpark
Sunday 3rd AprilP133 Round the coast of Comino Mtarfa or Cirkewwa quay
Wednesday 6th AprilP13419:00Marsaskala meeting at San Tumas Tower / St Thomas Bay / Xrobb l-Ghagin / Tas-Silg  / MarsaskalaModTorri ta’ San Tumas, Marsaskala
Sunday 10th AprilP1359:00Paradise Beyond Paradise Paradise Bay Car Park
Wednesday 13th AprilP13619:00Mgarr to Fomm ir-RihEasyCastello Zammitello on the road from Mgarr to Gnejna
Friday 15th AprilP13708:30 Good Fri Walk – Smiling with Jerome (Zurrieq – Qrendi Loop)EasyXarolla Windmill
16th – 23rd AprilP138n/aCamino InglesModn/a
24th AprilP139n/aRamblers Association Walk CANCELLED BY RAMBLERSn/an/a
Wed 27th AprilP14019:00Rabat /Wied l-Isqof / Girgenti / Wied Hesri / Zebbug / RabatMod /hardDomus Romana, outside Mdina
Saturday 30th AprilP14114:00Salina (ta’ Cassia Restaurant) towards Wied il- GhaselModTa’ Cassia Salina Restaurant / Chapel of the Annunciation ,Salina
Wed 4th MayP14219:00Birzebbugia / Dar ta’ Pultu trail / Ta’ Kaccatura water reserovoir/ on towards football ground in Ghaxaq /Triq Telleritu / and back to starting point.Easy about 2 hrsSt George’s Bay, Birzebbugia (small parking place where boats are kept on land)
Saturday 7th MayP14314:00L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha loopModGhadira parking place, near the public toilets
Wed 11th MayP14419:00Xemxija/out to Majjistral Park and straight out to Cliffs (structure on 4 columns)/ Znuber Tower/rd down and path on Left/ straight back / cross valley/ on to rd tp oldest carob tree and bee hives/ XemxijaModXemxija  (near kiosk)
Saturday 14th MayP1458:30Mgarr – Dahlet Qorrot Coastal LoopModMgarr quay, Gozo
Wed 18th MayP14619:00Rabat loop/ Rabat / Wied Hazrun/ Dingli Cliffs / RabatModDominican Priory in Rabat
Saturday 21st MayP14714:00Mellieha / Selmun Palace / down path to Mistra Bay/ along coast facing St Paul Island/clay slopes/Mgiebah Bay/ up to MelliehaModWellbees supermarket (ex-Bellevue), Mellieha
Wed 25th MayP14819:00Wied Qannotta loop/ into valley behind Scotts/ left up to small chapel/ on to ridge/ turn on to rd/ turn L/ then sharp L in from Castello dei Baroni/…Mod.Scotts supermarket /Burmarrad
Saturday 28 MayP14914:00Siggiewi / Salib tal Gholja / Gebel Ciantar / Bronze Age Silos/Fawwara/Mt Carmel Chapel/Tal Providenza Chapel /SiggiewiModSiggiewi Parish Church
7th – 12th JuneP150n/aCostiera Amalfitana e PositanoModn/a
Saturday 25th JuneP15114:00End of Season Trek, Picnic & Swim Selmun Palace

Trekking Itinerary (Q1-2022)

I hope you are enjoying your Christmas break.

2020 and 2021 have been have been unlike no others. Covid-19 has taught us to adapt and move on. It has also taught us to focus on who and what is most important.

While respecting health directives, XirCammini continued with its local walks, providing an avenue for people to meet socially and to exercise in the outdoors. In 2021 it also resumed its overseas trekking activities, walking the 850 km Camino Portugues, followed by Matera e Sassi and the Cammino di San Giacomo in Sicila. In between we also enjoyed the Gozo weekend, the Comino perimeter and the Victoria Lines. All in all 2021 has been a busy year.

We are pleased to roll out the Jan – Mar 2022 calendar of local and overseas treks. Local treks (other than weekends or ones requiring transport or logistics planning) do not require booking. They are only open for XirCammini registered/paid-up members and all are asked to respect prevailing Covid-19 rules so as not to jeopardise the health of others.

Thanks Marie Louise Muscat Azzopardi for working on this itinerary of walks and for offering to leads some, Thanks John Darmanin for offering to lead the Wednesday Walks and thanks Don Pace for offering to lead the Saturday Walks. Thanks also for those who stepped up to lead some of the overseas treks. This is our association and our collective involvement makes it richer, giving us all more value.

Regarding the overseas trekking activities, there are still a few places on the Sila trek (February) and Camino Ingles (April). Please write to us on information@XirCammini.org if you are interested in joining us.

DateCodeMeeting TimeNameLevel(*)Meeting Place
Saturday, 15th JanP11014:00Siggiewi / Tal Providenza Chapel / across valley towards Salib tal Gholja / across the ridge to Gebel Ciantar and the Brone Age Grain Silos / down to Fawwara / back to SiggiewiModabout 3 hrsSiggiewi Parish Church
Wednesday, 19th JanP11119:00Birzebbugia /  Dar ta’ Pultu trail / Ta’ Kaccatura water reserovoir/ on towards football ground in Ghaxaq /Triq Telleritu / and back to starting point.Easyabout 2 hrsSt George’s Bay, Birzebbugia (small parking place where boats are kept on land)
Saturday, 22nd JanP11214:00Bahrija / Bingemma/ Dwejra / Wied il-Qleghja /BahrijaModabout 3 hrs fast walkingBahrija swings
Sunday, 23rd JanP11309:00Naxxar (at roundabout at the top of T’Alla u Ommu) / Sta. Katerina Chapel / down towards Ghallis tower/ back part of the trail and then turning towards Salini Hotel / crossing coast road to Salina salt pans and Salina Nature Reserve / towards Bird Park / back towards Naxxar.Mod.3 to 4 hrsNaxxar  at roundabout a the top of T’Alla u Ommu)
Wed, 26th JanP11419:00Qrendi /Hagar Qim / towards Triq il-Wied / return to QrendiEasyabout 2 hrsQrendi Parish church
Saturday 29th JanP11514:00L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha loopModabout 4 hrsGhadira parking place, near the public toilets
Wednesday 2nd FebP11619:00Telgha t’Alla u Ommu, Naxxar…Wied Anglu…Wied Faham…Wied id-DiesMod to hard3 hrsRoundabout at top of it-Telgha t’Alla u Ommu, Naxxar
Saturday, 5th FebP11714:00Mgarr / Fomm ir-Rih / Round headland towards Gnejna / up to il-Lippija Tower / towards Golden Bay but before reaching Golden Bay taking path back to Mgarr.Modabout 3 hrsMgarr Parish Church
9th – 13th FebP118n/aSila (Calabria) Ghiaccio e Neve3n/a
Wednesday 16 FebP11919:00Rabat loop with a starting warm-up in the Mdina moatModabout 2 to 3 hrsDomus Romana, Rabat, just outside Mdina
Saturday, 19th FebP12014:00Manikata Church Carpark / Pwales /Pilgrim Trail / Mizieb Valley / Majjistral / ManikataModabout 3 hrsManikata Car Park
Sunday, 20th FebP12109:00Gnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta / Dwejra / Chadwick lakes / MostaModabout 3 hrsGnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta, Mosta
Wednesday 23rd FebP12219:00Siggiewi loopModabout 2 hrsLimestone Heritage on the Siggiewi By-Pass
Saturday, 26th FebP12314:00Roman Villa / Mdina Ditch / Stazzjoni / Mtarfa / Wied l-Qlejja / Qolla l-Bajda / Dwejra Lines / Binhemma Lines / Wied l-Qlejja / Nigret / Rabat.Modabout 3 hrsRoman Villa
Sunday, 27th FebP12409:00Marsaskala / Xrobb l-Ghagin / il=Hofriet / St Peter’s Pool / Tas-Silg /  St Thomas Bay / MarsaskalaModabout 3 hrsMarsaskala Parish Church
Wed, 2nd MarchP12519:00Rabat /Wied l-Isqof / Girgenti / Wied Hesri / Zebbug / RabatMod /hardDomus Romana, outside Mdina
Saturday, 5th MarchP12614:00Bidnija loop / Dwejra /Bingemma Fort / Vivtoria Lines / is-Santi / past British Brewery(Strickland Hse)Modabout 4 hrsIn front of San Anton / San Andrea School at l’Imselliet
Wed, 9th MarchP12719:00West Victoria LinesMod about 2 hrsil- Kuncizzjoni Chapel, limits of Bahrija
Saturday, 12th MarchP12808:30 – 16:00Universal Peace Walk 1543AD2Cathedral Square, Mdina
Wednesday, 16th MarP12919:00Bahrija / Bingemma/ Dwejra / Wied il-Qleghja /BahrijaModabout 3 hrs fast walkingBahrija swings
28th March – 4th AprilP130n/aCamino Ingles3n/a
Thurs 31 Mar–2nd AprP131Round Gozo Trek
Wednesday 6th AprilP13219:00
Sunday 10th AprilP13309:00Round the coast of CominoModa day’stripMtarfa or Cirkewwa quay(to be announced later)
Wednesday 13th AprilP13419:00Mod
16th – 23rd AprilP135n/aCamino Ingles3n/a
Wed 27th AprilP13619:00
Saturday 30th AprilP13714:00Salina (ta’ Cassia Restaurant) towards Wied il- GhaselModabout 4 hrsTa’ Cassia Salina Restaurant / Chapel of the Annunciation ,Salina
Wed 4th MayP13819:00
Saturday 7th MayP13914:00L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha loopModabout 4 hrsGhadira parking place, near the public toilets
Wed 11th MayP14019:00
Saturday 14th MayP14114:00Gozo / hillsHarda day’s tripMgarr quay, Gozo
Wed 18th MayP14219:00
Saturday 21st MayP14314:00
Wed 25th MayP14419:00
Saturday 28 MayP14514:00
7th – 12th JuneP146n/aCostiera Amalfitana e Positano3n/a
Saturday 25th JuneP14714:00End of Season Trek, Picnic & SwimSelmun Palace

  Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas Season and a Happy, Healthy and Productive New Year. Sincerely … James and Tucc

Temma | Advent | Maranatha’ [Jeremiah 31:25-35]

Many among us, Maltese, would have heard the saying, “Ferha bla temma”. I often wondered what the word, “Temma” means. It is not tama; it is not related to hope. It is not tmiem (although close in root).

Today someone explained the difference between Temma and Tmiem. What a beautiful word, “Temma” is. It is similar to “Fulfilment”. So, if tmiem means “finished”, temma means “complete.” It also gives an alternative meaning to Christ’s words, “Kollox mitmum.”

And why am I pondering on these words now?

We are at the end of a liturgical year and on the threshold of Advent. Many know of Christmas but very few seem to remember the significance of Advent.

Advent, like Lent, focuses on a journey. The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. For a myriad of reasons that journey was steeped in challenge. But despite the challenges, by the end of their journey the protagonists were far from finished; on the contrary they were the main conduit for the fulfilment of a great prophecy. the world witnessed the first Maranatha’ and a new journey began.

In our life we pass through episodes when we are ready to throw in the towel; to say, “that’s it. I give up.” If ever there was a dangerous phrase it is, “I’m tired.” We know this from trekking.  Silly mistakes, even fatal ones, result from tiredness or from a feeling of futility.

I love advent. It helps me set the tone for the year ahead. I’ll reflect on this during the coming four weeks until Christmas. I’ll reflect on this and on the power of perseverance.

Life’s a journey, one step at a time. There are no destinations because our journey is a perennial one. We live in the footsteps of others and others will live in ours. What will our legacy be?

XirCammini Christmas Drinks 2021 – UPDATE 20th Nov 2021

Looking back we have a lot to be thankful for and looking ahead we have a lot to look forward to.

On 1st December we will be meeting for early Christmas Drinks before some of us leave for Matera & Sassi and others for the Cammino di San Giacomo in Sicilia.

We will be meeting at Kazin tal-Banda Santa Katerina, Zurrieq, at 07:30 p.m. for drinks and nibbles. Everyone pays for their own drinks at the bar.

We have removed the registration form because expression of interests exceeded capacity. We look forward to seeing you on that evening.

XirCammini | Universal Peace Walk in the News

The Melita Foundation is supporting XirCammini, a recently established voluntary organisation which aims to research and advance knowledge of ancient pilgrimage routes across Europe and assist those who wish to hike these routes. As part of this mission, XirCammini is developing walks across Malta including a 28-kilometre hike through Central West and Southeast Malta which links Mdina’s Cathedral with the Church of St Gregory in Zejtun.

James Portelli, President of XirCammini, said, “We research pilgrimages and faith walks not only to encourage interest in these culturally important aspects of our collective history but also to provide those taking up these walks with relevant information and support. This includes information on history and nature as well as practical tips on places to stop for rest and refreshments. We are also making this information available digitally to further enhance the user experience while encouraging cultural tourism and faith travel in Malta and across Europe.”

The name XirCammini is amalgamation of two words, one Semitic written in old Maltese ‘Xirca’, meaning society or confraternity, and the other ‘Cammini’, derived from Italian, meaning ‘Walks’. The name symbolises the organisation’s openness to all who support its aims, both those who have already undertaken a Camino and those with a general interest in pilgrimages of hiking.

Prof. Tanya Sammut Bonnici, Chair of The Melita Foundation, said, “Caminos have played an important part in Europe’s faith traditions for centuries, surviving into the modern era for their spiritual, physical, cultural and economic benefits. One of The Melita Foundation’s key objectives is to enhance cultural and environmental awareness, something which XirCammini does perfectly with its research and promotion of these beautiful walks.”

The Melita Foundation was established in February 2020 with an initial donation of €500,000 from Apax Partners, owners of Melita Limited until May 2019. With the full support of EQT, the company’s current owners, all the Foundation’s expenses are being funded entirely by Melita Limited. This means that 100 per cent of the funds available to the Foundation are being used to support projects.

More information on the Melita Foundation and how to apply for funding is available at www.melitafoundation.org. Information about XirCammini is available at https://xircammini.org/ and on the Universal Peace Walk 1543 on https://xircammini.org/universal-peace-walk/