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The Three Laymen Turned Out to Be Bishops

Three American bishops - Conley (67, Lincoln), Coakley (67, Oklahoma), Wall (57, Gallup) - walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain incognito this August.

They have already done this route together twice. Their packing list included: a chasuble, alb, stole, zucchetto and pectoral cross. They replaced the priestly vestment with what CatholicNewsAgency.com (11 September) calls "modern pilgrim uniform".

The three usually marched with other pilgrims, who during the evening Mass noted, "Gosh, they're bishops!" Conley told CNA, "It was kind of funny because people thought it was really cool."

In 2018, Conley took an 11-month leave of absence due to anxiety and depression and had metatarsal joint fusions performed on both feet in 2021. He has been friends with Coakley for 50 years. Both played on the same baseball team.

While walking, the three Bishops sometimes listened to music such as Brian Wilson, folk music, Bob Dylan, Weezer and the Avett Brothers.

Conley says that about 80% of the "pilgrims" they encountered were not believers and had virtually no knowledge of Camino's religious background.

Picture: Courtesy of Bishop Conley, Archbishop Coakley, and Bishop Wall, #newsIhfvmjajyu

Jean-Pierre Belmont
They're modernists...
aderito
They forgot the masks
God Is Everything
I would go incognito if I was a US bishop, too!
Hound of Heaven
Whoop-dee-doo - God help us. Keep fiddling while Rome burns, boys. Just wondering, is this the best way to treat one's fused metatarsals?
V.R.S.
Wow! Three amigos!
"While walking, the three Bishops sometimes listened to music such as Brian Wilson, folk music, Bob Dylan..."
Papa, take this garb off of me
I can't wear it anymore
Purple or black, don't want to see
I feel I’m knockin' down temple door
Knock, knock, knockin' down temple door
Knock, knock, knockin' down temple door
Knock, knock, knockin' down temple door
Knock, knock, knockin' …More
Wow! Three amigos!

"While walking, the three Bishops sometimes listened to music such as Brian Wilson, folk music, Bob Dylan..."

Papa, take this garb off of me
I can't wear it anymore
Purple or black, don't want to see
I feel I’m knockin' down temple door

Knock, knock, knockin' down temple door
Knock, knock, knockin' down temple door
Knock, knock, knockin' down temple door
Knock, knock, knockin' down temple door

Papa, put my cross in the ground
I can’t bless them anymore
The smoke of satan coming down
I feel I’m knockin' down temple wall

Knock, knock, knockin' down temple wall
Knock, knock, knockin'down temple wall
Knock, knock, knockin' down temple wall
123jussi
I wonder what great Brian Wilson song they found so spiritually uplifting. Maybe My Vegetables?