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Bishop Joe Estabrook

Bishop Joseph Estabrook, D.D.



May 19, 1944 - February 4, 2012

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Joseph W. Estabrook, D.D. is an alumnus of St. Bonaventure University and Christ the King Seminary. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1969 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Albany, New York. Subsequent to his first assignment as an Associate at St. Vincent De Paul Parish, he served as the Albany Diocese’s first Family Life Director and initiated many new programs in support of marriage and family life. He reported for active duty after his commissioning in July 1977 to Newport, Rhode Island, for training. His first duty station was at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, followed by assignments at Fleet Religious Support Activity, Mayport, Florida, and Marine Corps Development and Education Command, Quantico, Virginia. After completion of studies at the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia in 1983, he was assigned to the Chief of Chaplains Office in Washington, D.C., and USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), Alameda, California.

Bishop Joe Estabrook

Educational Background

Most Reverend Estabrook graduated from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California in 1989 after successfully completing graduate studies in Ethics. After a tour at the Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Sicily, he was the Chaplains Basic Course Officer, Chaplain’s School, Newport, Rhode Island and returned to Washington D.C. as the Executive Assistant to the Navy Chief of Chaplains. He was also appointed as the Ethics Consultant to the Navy Surgeon General and served on the DOD for Health Affairs Ethics Panel until 1997. He was Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Pacific Fleet, with ADDU orders to U.S. Pacific Command from 1997 to 2000.

He reported as Command Chaplain, Marine Corps Base Hawaii in September 2000. Bishop Estabrook’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit with a gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal with a gold star, a Navy Commendation Medal with a gold star, four Meritorious Unit Awards as well as a number of other medals and awards. He was made an Honorary Prelate to His holiness and given the title of Monsignor by the Roman Catholic Church in March 1997. He retired as a Captain from the Navy after 27 years of service.


The Most Reverend Joseph W. Estabrook was ordained Bishop at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on 3 July 2004. He was Vicar of Evangelization and Vocations for the Archdiocese for the Military Services in Washington D.C.

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

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