We Remember - Bishop Estabrook


Bishop Joseph W. Estabrook passed away 4 February 2012. 

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him, O Lord...

Bishop Joseph W. Estabrook

Bishop Joseph W. Estabrook attended St. Bonaventure University, New York Christ the King Seminary, East Auroram, New York and the Jesuit School Of Theology, Berkely, California. Bishop Estabrook was ordained to the priesthood (for the Diocese of Albany) on 30 May 1969 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Albany, New York.

From 1969-1970 he served at St. Vincent DePaul Parish, Albany. From 1970-1977 he served as the Director of the Family Life Bureau for the Diocese of Albany.

Bishop Estabrook entered the US Navy on 4 July 1977. From 1977-1978 he served Chaplain at NAS Jacksonville, FL. From 1978-1980 he served as Fleet Religious Support Ships Chaplain at Mayport, FL. From 1980-1982 Bishop Estabrook served as Marine Corps Chaplain at MCDEC Qunatico, VA. In 1983 he was a student at Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA.

From 1983-1986 he served in Recruitment and Endorsing Agents with the Navy Chief of Chaplains Office in Washington, DC. From 1986-1988 he served as Chaplain on the USS Carl Vinson [CVN-70]. In 1988 he served as a Chaplain at the US Naval Hospital, Oakland, California. From 1988-1989 he was a student in ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkely, California. From 1989-1991 he served as Chaplain at NAS Sigonella, Italy.

From 1991-1994 Bishop Estabrook was a Basic Course Officer at NETC in Newport, Rhode Island. From 1994-1997 he served as Executive Assistant in the Navy Chief of Chaplains Office in Washington, DC. From 1997-2000 Bishop Estabrook served as Pacific Fleet Chaplain and Pacific Command Chaplain in the Commander Pacific Fleet based in Hawaii. From 2000-2004 he served as Command Chaplain at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Bishop Estabrook retired 17 June 2004 in the rank of Captain.

Bishop Estabrook was ordained as a Bishop by Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on 3 July 2004.

Bishop Estabrook served as the Vicar of the Eastern Half of the United States and as the episcopal advisor to the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA).

Bishop Joseph W. Estabrook passed away Saturday, 4 February 2012.  Please remember him and his family in your prayers.


Legion of Merit (3)
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Navy Commendation Medal (2).