This popular song was composed by the Spanish priest Cesáreo Gabaraín in 1979, after he visited the Sea of Galilee. Translated into over eighty languages, it was part of a revival of religious song in Spain in the late 1970s. Gabarain was known for his work in the liturgical renewal movement and also for his ministry among youth.
Cesáreo Gabaraín, a Spanish priest involved in liturgical renewal following Vatican II, composed this hymn after a trip to Israel. Reminding us of Jesus’ calling of his disciples in the stanzas, the refrain invites our similar response of following Jesus in the church’s ministry today. This hymn has been translated into many languages.
Author and Composer Information
Cesáreo Gabaraín (b. Ernani, Spain, May 16, 1936; d. Anzuola, Spain, April 30, 1991) was one of the best-known composers of Spanish liturgical music. He was inspired by the feelings and actions of the humble people he met during his ministry. Cesáreo's songs, including the well-known "Pescador De Hombres," capture the deepest emotions of the human spirit.