HILARY A. PASIKAN, JR. CONSECRATED AND INSTALLED EDNL BISHOP
Hilary Ayban Pasikan, Jr. was consecrated as Bishop of the Church and installed as the fifth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Luzon in a joyous but solemn liturgy at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga province on 14 September 2017. The consecration and installation service was presided over by the Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, The Most Rev. Renato M. Abibico, with all the seven diocesan bishops present and co-consecrating. Also joining the laying on of hands were retired former Prime Bishops, Manuel C. Lumpias and Edward P. Malecdan, as well as Bishop Jerry Sagun, current Bishop of the Diocese of Santiago of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.
At the time of his election as bishop at the February 2017 Diocesan Convention, Pasikan was rector of St. Anselm Episcopal Church in Bantay, Tabuk. While serving at this congregation, Pasikan also a had a full-time job at the Diocesan Office, serving first as Social Concerns Officer [1998-2003] and then as Program Officer for Renewal, Evangelism and Stewardship from 2003 – 2016.
Bishop Pasikan was born on 28 February 1973 in Cogeo, Antipolo from parents who were both natives of Mountain Province. His family however moved to Tabuk, Kalinga in 1974 where Hilary finished elementary and high school education. Graduating from secondary school, he applied for and passed the examination for admission at St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary (SATS) but decided instead to enroll at St. Louis College in Tuguegarao, Cagayan where he completed a degree in AB, major in Economics in 1993. In May 1994, entered the Master in Divinity program at SATS and graduated in 1997. He was ordained Deacon on 10 August 1998 and Priest on 1 July 1999.
The Rt. Rev. Brent H.W. Alawas, Bishop of the neighboring Diocese of Northern Philippines was the preacher at the consecration and installation service. He said: “[Your Diocese has] strong foundations laid by your predecessors. Build on them; improve them. For example, EDNL is one of the pillars in the advocacy and action on tribal peace and good governance in Tabuk City and Kalinga Province. EDNL is probably the most active church entity promoting the organization of rural cooperatives in the province. Also EDNL is engaged in the “Receivers to Givers” livelihood projects and the Asset Based Community Development program around the diocese. All these programs areanchored on your diocesan motto which is TZEDEK VISHALOM in Hebrew which means “Justice and Peace”. TZEDEK VISHALOM captures the wholistic concept of wellbeing and wholeness of life that embraces harmony with one’s neighbors, with nature and creation, with oneself, and with God the Creator.”