Meet the Author

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. His story is a first-hand account of the people and places found along the way to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.

Kevin’s passion for hiking began years before in Scouting.  Years and life intervened but inspiring journeys – from exploring the Samburuland in Northern Kenya to hiking China’s legendary Dragon’s Spine – rekindled his passion to explore and to share his experiences on the backpacking blog: One Step Then Another.

While hiking the Florida Trail and the  Appalachian Trail, Kevin found serenity along the trail prompting greater reflection on his spiritual journey.  With the support of his family, he began a series of pilgrimage walks that would lead him across 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 along the Via Francigena.  Reflections from these pilgrimages form the basis for his first book, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal.

With a goal of connecting the global pilgrim community, Kevin hosts interviews with authors and pilgrims on the Sacred Steps Podcast. From the Camino de Santiago through Spain to the Via Francigena across Europe to Italy, the podcast features updates and first-hand accounts from the footpaths of pilgrimage.

Kevin lives in Florida with his wife, son, and their two beagles: Otis and Larry.

Planning To Walk A Pilgrimage?

If you’re considering a walking pilgrimage like the Camino de Santiago, these overviews are a tremendous starting point for beginners and experienced backpackers alike. Looking for even more information on what to pack or how to prepare for the journey?  Visit Kevin’s pilgrimage and backpacking blog:  One Step Then Another. 

Via Francigena

Spanning more than 2,000 km, the Via Francigena is Europe’s ancient pilgrimage route connecting Canterbury Cathedral to the tombs of seven apostles in Rome. Crossing through England, France, Switzerland, and Italy, this historic route culminates at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

California Missions Trail

Born from historic footpaths between twenty-one Spanish missions, the California Missions Trail – El Camino Real (“The Royal Road”) as it was first known – connects missions, pueblos, and presidios over 800 miles of America’s Pacific Coastline.

England’s Pilgrims’ Way

Followed by kings and fabled in literature, the Pilgrims’ Way (also Pilgrim’s Way or Pilgrims Way) is England’s ancient pilgrimage route linking both Winchester and London to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at the Canterbury Cathedral.

Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across much of western Europe to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.