Father Pascual Abaya, 38, was born in Candon City, Luzon, Philippines. He has one brother and two sisters. Father Abaya earned a philosophy degree before finishing the seminary and being ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia on April 26, 1996. In more than 10 years of ministry in the Philippines, he served as an associate pastor and pastor, as the editor-in-chief of a church paper, in a media apostolate doing radio and broadcast media, and as a prefect of discipline at a minor seminary. In July 2006, Father Abaya came to Hawaii on a three year “loan” to the Diocese of Honolulu. He is the associate pastor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace.
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