Tributes paid following death of Filipino Bishop Esteban Sabawil
by Anglican Communion News Service
Source: Anglican Communion News Service
Bishop Esteban Sabawil of Northern Luzon in the Episcopal Church of the Philippines, has died at the age of 61, just over a year after being consecrated. Bishop Sabawil was ordained in 1983 in his hometown in the northern Province of Kalinga. Initially destined to be sent to Hawaii, in response to a request by the diocese there to take care of a congregation composed mostly of Filipinos, he was instead sent to a very remote congregation in the northern Philippines – Adams, in the province of Ilocos Norte. He recalled arriving to his new posting in rain and hiking for three hours uphill and along a winding road. His ministry involved going, on occasion, on foot for five or six hours.