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TAYTAY, PALAWAN — The soft-spoken, calm, humble, and well-loved shepherd of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay sent his resignation letter to Pope Francis due to his worsening health condition.
Bishop Edgardo Sarabia Juanich, DD, 66, a-native of Taytay town in the province of Palawan is stepping down due to a mild stroke that left him with a speech discomfort.
The prelate, known for his indefatigable advocacy to promote clean and habitable environment, upholding the care of creation and protecting the rights of the fisherfolks revealed to the clergy in the Vicariate of Taytay that he is leaving his post.
This information was confirmed by Fr. Eddie B. Pinafiel, the Episcopal Vicar of District 2 and Parish Priest of Sta. Monica in Taytay, Palawan last July 6, 2018, in a-First Friday meeting with parishioners and lay leaders.
It is now up to the Holy See to decide whether to accept or not the resignation letter and then to choose and nominate a qualified candidate to replace him. In the meantime, it is most likely that the faithful will just be waiting for whatever response or announcement coming forth from the Holy See.
Juanich was Appointed Titular bishop of Ausuaga and the Apostolic Vicariate ofTaytay (Vicariatus Apostolicus Taytayensis) on May 13, 2002. He was Ordained Bishop of Taytay on July 11, 2002. He was installed as the First Vicar Apostolic of Taytay on July 12, 2002. He is the responsible shepherd of the Roman Catholic Church of the northern part of the province of Palawan for exactly 16 years now.
He spreads divine inspiration and initiative to his flock that made the Apostolic Vicariate of
Taytay what it is today. The Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay has 6 districts, 22 parishes, 4 mission stations, 1 Catechetical Centre, 14 Catholic Schools, 3 administered by Religious Congregations and 1 shared Seminary with the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa.
Catholic believers are being encouraged to continue praying for those who are called to this chosen vocation as this Year 2018 is the Year of the Clergy and Religious Persons.
The faithful are encouraged to reflect on these words from the Catholic Directory, “There will always be trying times and danger for men in cassock but they are determined to carry out the mandate of the living Lord, to proclaim his words through selfless love and service ‘to seek out the lost, the last, and the least of the Kingdom.’ The Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker in Taytay rises on its splendour and glory and has a significant reference point from the first Catholic Shepherd of his very own town.”