The St. James Dapitan Pilgrim Walk was the first of its kind conducted by the parish of Dapitan as part of the celebration of the feast day of St. James the Greater on July 25,2016. Originally, the Pilgrim Walk was an activity of the Confraternity of St. James the Great of the Parish of St. James the Great, Ayala, Alabang. Inspired by the Camino de Santiago to the Basilica of St. James in Compostela, Spain, the simple Pilgrim Walk is hoped to become the bridge to the same spiritual blessings received by those able to join the pilgrimage in faraway Spain.
The St. James Dapitan Pilgrim Walk was conducted on July 23, 2016, (Saturday) at 7:30 in the morning commencing from the old Sangguniang Panlungsod Bldg. grounds.
The activity is a three-hour trek , visiting all the nine chapels under different Marian images within the parish. It affords the pilgrim the precious time alone in prayer, reflection and meditation. Chapels and Grotto visited by the pilgrims were the following:
1.Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, Bagting, Dapitan City
2.St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Chapel, Talisay, Dapitan City
3. Holy Family Chapel, Cawa-Cawa, Dapitan City
4. St. Chatherine of Alexandra Chapel, Linabo, Dapitan City
5. Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Potol, Dapitan City
6. Ermita Chapel, Banonong, Dapitan City
7. St. Isidore Chapel, Banonong, Dapitan City
8. Holy Family Chapel, Dawo, Dapitan City
9. Sta. Cruz Marker, Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City
For every chapel visited different activities like writing of petitions, thanksgiving, healing and other prayer intentions were conducted.
Stamping of Pilgrim’s Passport in every chapel/grotto visited took place. When the pilgrims finished the walk, they signed the Pilgrim’s Register Book and were awarded with the certificate of completion called “COMPOSTELA”.
(Vicky-City Information Division)
The Visit of the Image St. James the Greater at the Government Center on July 1, 2016
during the Camino de Santiago: A Parish Pilgrimage Tours of St. James the Greater
St. James the Greater Church of Dapitan Lecture Series: A Religious, Historical & Cultural Perspective on July 22, 2016