The retired Primate of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, Prime Bishop Edward Pacyaya Malecdan, has died. The announcement was made by the province’s Administrative Secretary, Elizabeth Reodica, who said in a statement that Bishop Edward died at 9.15 am PHT (1.15 am GMT) on Saturday 28 April. Bishop Edward’s open coffin has been on display at the Cathedral of St Mary and St John in Quezon City; and is now en route to his home town of Sagada in Mountain Province.
Prior to his service as Primate, Edward Malecdan was Dean of St Andrews Theological Seminary (SATS) in the Philippines. “During his deanship, the Master in Divinity program has become a four-year normative program of theological studies at SATS,” the seminary said on its Facebook page. “The Bachelor of Theology program was offered to those who earned at least 75 units of Arts and Sciences courses from any accredited college or university.
“Likewise, a national consultation involving the major stakeholders of the seminary was held during Dean Malecdan’s term which led to the definition of the Vision-Mission of the Seminary and the introduction of some amendments to its goals and objectives.
“We also extend our utmost condolences to the family of Bishop Edward. May his legacy live on.”
Bishop Edward Pacyaya Malecdan.
Photo: Episcopal Church in the Philippines