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He was a recipient of a Bishop Cross at the 2012 Diocesan Convention
The Reverend Canon Petero A. N. Sabune rich ministry has stretched from parish priesthood to prison chaplaincy, and has included service on the diocesan, national and international levels. He is well known for the care and compassion he offers to colleagues and prisoners alike and for his thoughtful speaking and writing about justice and reconciliation.
He is a graduate of Vassar College (BA) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (M.Div), he was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1981. He served in ministry in several parishes in New York and as a Grants Officer for the Global South at Trinity Wall Street and Dean of Trinity and St. Philip’s Cathedral in Newark, NJ before being called as Vicar for Community Ministry at St. James’ Episcopal Church in New York City. In 2004, he became the Protestant Chaplain at Sing Sing, where he served for 5 years. He left Sing Sing to head up the Africa Partnership Officer for the Episcopal Church USA, but then returned to corrections where he served as Liaison for Reentry for the New York Department of Corrections and Community Service. In February 2016 he assumed the position of Director-Elect of the Masters of Professor Studies (MPS) degree offered inside Sing Sing Correctional Facility.
Presentation by The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk Fifteenth Bishop of New York
“In the Book of Proverbs (31.8-9) we learn that we are to “Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless….Protect the rights of the poor and needy.” God has blessed the Church with the voice and witness of The Reverend Canon Petero Sabune, who has displayed stunning consistency in his advocacy of the helpless, the persecuted, the marginalized and the forgotten. His rich ministry has stretched from parish priesthood to prison chaplaincy, and has included service on the diocesan, national and international levels. He has toiled diligently in his pastoral duties, balancing these with praiseworthy leadership in the mission of the New York State Council of Churches, the Religion Labor Coalition, the Business and Technology Institute of Haiti, and as a Trustee of Union Theological Seminary. He has spoken for the powerless to the powerful and been an instrument of peace and compassion. He bears, in his life, the marks of the Crucifixion but has transformed those he has worked with, and for, by a life of peace, justice and joy.
Therefore, in recognition and gratitude for his service to his community, his diocese and the larger Church offered to the glory of God, we, on this 17th day of November 2012, in the fifteenth year of our consecration, do award him”
[Published Winter 2020]