Friday, 21 September 2018 02:27

Archbishop Abaya dies at 89

Archbishop Emeritus of Nueva Segovia passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

According to a post on the CPCB website, Archbishop Abaya died at around 3 p.m. at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City. He was 89.

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Abaya was the first appointee of the late pope-turned-saint John Paul II as bishop in the Philippines.

He was born on January 19, 1929, in Candon, Ilocos Sur and was ordained a priest for Nueva Segovia in 1953. He was appointed the third bishop of Laoag in 1978 and served the diocese for two decades.

In 1999, he was elevated as archbishop of Nueva Segovia, making him the first Ilocos Sur native to serve the post. 

He served the pastoral ministry for 65 years until his retirement as archbishop in 2005.

During his active years in the ministry, Abaya had served as chairman of the CBCP’s Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs from 1988 to 1989.

He was also a member of the CBCP Permanent Council from 1990 to 1991. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)










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