The XXIII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia laureate, George Greenia, announced today the donation of the economic amount of the award to the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies of William & Mary. An institution based in the American city of Williamsburg and focused on the “scientific research of personal transformation journeys in all territory, times and traditions”, he explained. After detailing some of the institute’s research areas on various international pilgrimage routes, he stressed that the success of the Camino de Santiago “offers a model of hospitality, spiritual values and understanding that inspires everyone”.

During the introduction of the awardee and the International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia, the Regional Minister for Education, Carmen Pomar, emphasised its relevance to strengthen the European project, and said that at this time “it is more important than ever to highlight the persons and institutions that achieved this recognition”. In this sense, she explained that the winners, “from the excellence they demonstrate in their particular disciplines, develop an intense work in favor of what is undoubtedly the most important of the values of Europe, the peaceful and cooperative coexistence among peoples”.

Reflecting on the prizewinner profile, the Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, Teresa Carballeira, underlined that the awarding of this year’s prize “perfectly symbolises the spirit of the Compostela Group of Universities by combining in the figure of George Greenia the culture of the old continent and the dynamism of the new world”.

The Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Antonio López, thanked the awardee for his presence in Compostela and described him as “a profound connoisseur of the values of the Camino, values to be projected and which are an essential part of the success of this route”. In this sense, he affirmed that one could not “find a better ambassador to advance in the diffusion of the Jacobean phenomenon”.

Award ceremony

The award ceremony of the XXIII International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia will take place on 4 June in the framework of the XXV General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, which this year will be held at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico). In this ceremony, Greenia will receive a golden shell, the symbol of the Compostela Group of Universities.