Pope Francis appointed Bishop Jose A. Cabantan as the new Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, the Vatican News reported on Tuesday, June 23.
The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro also made the same announcement via social media.
“The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed His Excellency Most Rev. Jose A. Cabantan, DD, presently bishop of the Diocese of Malaybalay, as the Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro,” the announcement read.
“The appointment is made public in Rome today, June 23, 2020, at 12 noon (6:00 p.m. local time),” the announcement further said.
Bishop Jose A. Cabantan
Bishop José Araneta Cabantan was born in Lagonglong, on June 19, 1957. He completed his secondary education at Saint John the Baptist High School in Lagonglong. He subsequently received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Cebu Institute of Technology in Cebu City, his Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro, and his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Loyola School of Theology in Manila.
He was ordained as a priest on April 30, 1990, in Lagonglong for the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.
After a year as associate pastor at the Cathedral, he became the Administrator of the San Roque parish of Catarman, Camiguin, from 1991 to 1995.
Cabantan was also the Dean of Studies at the San Jose de Mindanao Seminary in Cagayan de Oro, from 1995 to 1997. After three years of study at the Loyola School of Theology and one year as Director of the San Jose Seminary in Quezon City, he was, from 2000 to 2007, formator at the St.John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro. From 2007 to 2010, he was pastor of the Medalla Milagrosa parish in Cagayan de Oro.
Cabantan was elected Bishop of Malaybalay on February 18, 2010, and was consecrated the following April 30.
Within the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines, Bishop Cabantan serves as President of the Episcopal Commission for Basic Communities.