The Composury
of Doug and
Norvene Vest

Wicklow Valley in IrelandWicklow Valley in IrelandNorvene and Doug have led twelve pilgrimage groups from the United States to Europe, with assistance at times from Fr. Francis Benedict, Abbot Emeritus of St. Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, CA, and at times from Christopher McCauley and Frank Ramirez ( Locations for pilgrimage have included England and Wales, Italy, Turkey and Greece. Our pilgrimages follow a Benedictine rhythm, including days and periods for rest and recreation, as well as visits to sites long held sacred, times for small group lectio divina or devotional reading of scripture, and some lectures on relevant topics. Generally the pilgrimages are about two weeks long and are ecumenical in nature. A keen sense of God’s grace and presence is given to those who “pray with their feet.”


I don’t recall
when or how
I first became aware of my existence.
But, whenever it was,
I was already here.