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In the holy year of St. James 2021, the president of the Slovenia - Camino Jacob's Way Cycling Association, Franc Štefanič, and his wife, Helena, began tracing the new, fourth leg of the Jacob's Way, which was initiated by the members of the Association of Friends of St. James's Way. Jacob. The three existing Jacob's Ways lead through many Slovenian regions: through Prekmurje, Štajerska, Dolenjska, Osrednja Slovenia, Gorenjska, part of Notranjska and Karst and Primorska, while the southern part through Bela Krajina, Kostel and the Kočevsko-Ribnik-Sodra region of Slovenia remained without route, although there are also churches of St. Jacob. From autumn 2020 to summer 2021, Janko Purkat from Strahomer and Bojan Kosi from Ljubljana, members of the Association of Friends of the St. Jakob outlined on foot the route of the new Jakob path, which starts from central Šentjakobska
branches at St. Jakob on Hrušica above Novi mesto and goes via Gorjanci to Bela Krajina to Vinica, then along Kopla to Kostel, and from here across Kočevska to Notranjska, where it rejoins the Šentjakob route in Planina.
For now, the footpath is only mapped as a GPS track and is not marked in nature. From the fall of 2021 to the fall of 2022, the Štefanič couple marked and marked the 250 km long (3,700 m altitude) cycle route BELOKRANJSKA-
JACOB'S WAY OF KOČEVS, which starts in Nové mesto near the capitol and ends at St. Jakob in Ljubljana, where all four Jakob's Ways meet. A new path was opened and blessed in the extended St. Jacob's
year, on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Kočevje. The weather forecast for that day was not the best, but according to
to the statement of the duty officer
forecast that it will not rain in Kočevje until at least 3 p.m., 23 cyclists bravely set off at 8:30 a.m. with the intention of riding part of the new route to St. Jakob in Mali Slevica. The stop was in the pilgrimage church of Mary of the Assumption in Nova Štifta near Sodražica. With a prayer and a song, the cycling pilgrims thanked the Mother of God for the successful pilgrimages this year, and then they climbed the slope via Sodražica to the place of Sveti Gregor, where the views open up far across Slovenia. From here, there was only a descent to the destination - the Church of St. Jakob in Mali Slevica. The prayer during the adoration of the angel was intended for all pilgrims along the Ways of Jacob, and they also remembered the deceased members of the association. The spiritual leader of the cycling association    p. Chrysostom Komar, this time without a bicycle. At this time, it was already raining in many parts of Slovenia, but Jakob's cyclists returned to Kočevje still in dry weather. They visited Slovenska vas near Kočevje
the new chapel, which also houses St. Jacob. It was recently erected by local resident Robert Kordiš as a thank you for miraculously surviving a fall from a high ladder without injury. Thus St. Jacob, as so many times before, over his pilgrims again
created a "corridor," as cyclists colloquially call it, of rain-free skies until the afternoon. During the blessing of Belokranjsko-Kočevska Jakobova, Fr. Chrysostom offered Holy Mass at 3:30 p.m. in the church of St. Jernej in Kočevje, and sung by the Cantete Domino vocal group led by the president of the cycling association
Franc Štefanič. The pilgrim-decorated church - in front of the altar a pilgrim's hat and the flag of the cycling association, and on the ambo a walking stick with a corkscrew and a shell from Santiago - emphasized the ceremony and importance of acquiring a new leg of the Jacob's Pilgrimage Route in Slovenia. On this occasion, the Štefanič couple, with the support of the Jacob's Path Slovenia - Camino Association, erected a memorial sign of St. Jacob. After the mass, which was also attended by members of the cycling association who did not cycle, as well as the creators of the en route stone sign, a blessing followed in Dolga vas. Because the patron saint of pilgrims is St. Jacob - Jesus called him the "son of Thunder" - started blessing from above with more abundant rain, the pilgrims and others gathered under the roof of the chapel at the cemetery, which is in the immediate vicinity of the stone monolith. Conceptual design for a shell carved in stone with the image of St. Jacob in it and the image of Mary with Jesus on the pillar were outlined by the society's secretary Helena Štefanič. The stonecutter Primož ensured that the sculpture got its beautiful final shape
Erjavec from Kitne vrh near Zagradac in the municipality of Žužemberk, who carved a beautiful shell into a stone monolith, and Peter Zajšek from Radovljica, who carved the image of St. James and Mary with Jesus on the pillar. Image of St. He summed up Jakob based on a painting made in 2004 by the academic sculptor Stane Jarm from Kočevje, commissioned by the Štefanič couple upon their return from a bicycle pilgrimage along the Camino Frances. He modeled Mary with Jesus after the image from Zaragoza, Spain, where St. Jacob around the year 40 AD. no. shown by Mary on the pillar. The memorial and the new Jacob's Way were blessed by Fr. Chrysostom singing the vocal group Cantate Domino. Unfortunately, it was not possible to take a group photo at the sign due to the rain, but the pilgrims will take it next year, when
set out for the first time on the new Pilgrim's Way of Jacob from Novi Mesto through southern Slovenia to Ljubljana.

Helena in Franc Štefanič ob Jakobovem znamenju v Dolgi vasi pri Kočevju ob Belokranjski-ko


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President of the Slovenian Jakobova Path Cycling Association - CaminoFRANC ŠTEFANIC, who is a trauma surgeon in
University Clinical Center in Ljubljana, on October 10, 2022 with dr. Successfully operated on Miho Ambrožič and the team
shoulder to our cycling championPRIMOZ ROGLIČ. The members of the Jakob cycling association are proud that Primož chose a Slovenian clinic for the rehabilitation of his cycling injury and that our
president of the association. We wish Primož a speedy recovery and Franco many more successful operations.

During his stay at the clinic, Franc presented Roglič with the Slovenian Cycling Route of Jacob, handed him the Slovenian Cycling Route guidebook and some promotional articles of the association, and emphasized that the members of the association are his loyal fans. He also introduced him to the fact that the Spanish Camino, as it is called the path of St. Jakob in Spain, connects Jakob's cycling pilgrims with him as a three-time Vuelta winner. The year 2021 was declared the year of St. James, because July 25, when the patron saint of Spain, the apostle St. James the Elder, came on Sunday. At that time, the prestigious cycling race across Spain ends in front of the Basilica of St. James in Santiago de Compostela (it traditionally ends in Madrid). Thus, last year's Vuelta winner Primož Roglič was dressed by the organizers of the race in typical pilgrim clothing at the award ceremony: a brown cape with a wide-brimmed hat with a capesant shell on it, and a travel stick with a shell and a gourd, which was once used by pilgrims to store water. Thus, for a few moments, Primož was a real cycling pilgrim of Jacob, as the members of the Jacob's cycling association are called, as many of us members also cycled along the Spanish Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

Primož Roglič s predsednikom kolesarskega društva, dr. Francem Štefaničem
Primož Roglič na Travmatološki kliniki, G oddelek
Santiago de Compostela, 2021
Primož Roglič, komposteljski romar
Vuelta 2021


In the jubilee year of St. James, which has been extended from 2021 to the end of 2022 due to the epidemic of the coronavirus disease, the Cathedral of St. Jakob on Sunday, July 3, at the central pilgrimage mass at 12 o'clock, was sung by the Cantate Domino vocal group from Kočevje, led by Franc Štefanič (also the president of the Slovenia - Camino Cycling Society). The priest at the beginning of St. mass greeted singers from Slovenia and pilgrims from many countries. Somaševal was also the spiritual leader of the St. James cycling association, the Franciscan Fr. Chrysostom Komar. The group sang songs in Latin and Slovenian a cappella at the altar, and the organist of the basilica accompanied them on the organ for Mozart's communion song Ave verum. After the mass, the singers performed a short concert of sacred songs in the church, and the gathering of pilgrims in the square in front of the basilica was enriched with Slovenian songs and the bicycle pilgrims' anthem. At the same time, the Slovenian, Kočev and community cycling Jakob flags fluttered in the wind.  The singers and their family members went to Finistere, where they sang the Slovenian national anthem at the stone cross, and on the cliffs with a view of the endless Atlantic, in a prayer of thanks for themselves and for the pilgrims, the Old Slavic Otche nash and Oj božime and You can hear me.           _cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_           _cc781905 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_         _cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_       The last evening is p. Chrysostom offered Holy Mass in the Slovene language in the beautiful church of St. Francis, a stone's throw from the Cathedral of St. James. After the mass, Mr. Mario Clavell, member of the Brotherhood of St. Jakob in Santiago (deserved for the realization of the singing pilgrimage) presented the singers with a set of DVDs showing all the pilgrimage routes that lead to Compostela on the Iberian Peninsula. The group's choir director gave him, the priest Don Elisard Temperano (he arranged everything necessary for singing in the basilica) and the pilgrimage office in Santiago as a gift of the group's CDs and recognizable articles of the Pilgrim Cyclist Jacob's Society in Slovenia: a guide to the Slovenian Cyclist Jacob's Way, a documentary film about the cycle pilgrimage along the Slovenian Camino, cycling pilgrimage passport and certificate, shell with cycling logo, cycling T-shirt and flag. In the pilgrimage office, they were excited and promised to dismantle everything. Thank God and St. James for a happy and unforgettable singing pilgrimage in the holy year of grace and forgiveness, which invites pilgrims to Compostela: "Go from your country, the apostle is waiting for you".


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Sveta vrata v baziliki
bazilika sv. Jakoba
na trgu z družinskimi člani
oltar z grobom sv. Jakoba
pred oltarjem v baziliki
somaševal je tudi p. Krizostom Komar
med mašo
predaja kolesarskih artiklov
Slovenska in Jakobova kolesarska zastava pri križu na Fisterri
prepevanje slovenske himne
na obali Atlantika
pred cerkvijo sv. Frančiška Asiškega

Cantata Domino


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