Book launched to mark 300th year of Paete church dedication

Book launched to mark 300th year of Paete church dedication

Fr. Eugene Fadul, at the book launching of “Apostol Santiago sa Mata ng Isang Peregrino” held at the St. James the Apostle Parish Church in Paete, Laguna, July 14, 2018. JEL FADUL ERCILLO

By Fr. Mickey Cardenas

July 17, 2018


On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the dedication of the St. James the Apostle Parish Church in this town, Fr. Francis Eugene A. Fadul, a devotee and a pilgrim of the “Camino de Santiago”, launched the book Apostol Santiago sa Mata ng Isang Peregrino on Saturday, July 14.

The book focuses on the life of St. James, apostle of Jesus Christ, son of Zebedee and brother of St. John. It includes the Filipino translation of the novena to St. James originally written in Spanish by Fr. Jose Fernandez Lago, member of the Cathedral chapter of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, as well as several prayers to the apostle.

Path for spiritual growth, conversion

It likewise narrates the development of Fadul’s devotion and his experiences and realizations in walking the “Camino de Santiago”. It also provides a historical overview of the “Camino de Santiago”.

Msgr. Francisco Perez, the Archbishop of Pamplona and Tudela, Spain, made the presentation of the book and Fr. Elisardo Temperan, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela, wrote the introduction.

The “Camino de Santiago” or the Way of Saint James in English, is a network of pilgrimage routes leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north western Spain where, Christian tradition says, the remains of the apostle are buried.

Many devotees follow the “Camino de Santiago” as a form of spiritual path, or retreat, for their spiritual growth or ongoing conversion.

The parish church of Paete, Laguna, has a spiritual bond of affinity with the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
To mark the 300th anniversary of its dedication which took place on July 25, 1717, pilgrims who visit the grandiose church in Paete from July 25, 2017 to July 25, 2018 will be bestowed by the Apostolic Penitentiary with plenary indulgence.

Book author, ‘Camino de Santiago’ pilgrim

Fadul is a priest of the Diocese of San Pablo and is presently the Chancellor of the diocese and personal secretary of the Bishop.

The book’s author completed his Licentiate in Biblical Theology at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, and is presently taking up his Master of Legal Studies in Civil and Canon Laws at the Graduate School of Law in San Beda University, Manila.

He is the current president of the National Association of Diocesan Chancellors and a member of the “Archicofradia Universal del Apostol Santiago”.

As a pilgrim, he has already walked the Camino de Santiago twice.

For more information on the book, interested parties may contact the author by emailing him at or through Facebook account.

“Apostol Santiago sa Mata ng Isang Peregrino” will also be made available at Word and Life Publications, Catholic Book Center, Totus Bookstore, and other outlets.