Archbishop-elect Jose Cabantan of Cagayan de Oro. COURTESY OF BRENDA P. MILAN

Pope Appoints New Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Bishop Jose Cabantan

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The Holy Father has accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro (Philippines), presented by HE Rev. Mons. Antonio J. Ledesma, SI

The Holy Father has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro (Philippines) HE Most Rev. Msgr. Jose A. Cabantan, transferring him from the bishopric of Malaybalay.

Cabantan, 63, was born in Lagonglong town in Misamis Oriental, and ordained priest at the age of 32 for the Cagayan de Oro archdiocese.

The bishop took a “late vocation” after a few years of working as a licensed chemical engineer.

As a priest, he led for several years the archdiocese’s social action center before he was named Malaybalay bishop by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

The archbishop-elect also holds a degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Loyola School of Theology in Manila.

In the bishops’ conference, Cabantan currently serves as chairman of the Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs).

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