Pope Francis has appointed Malaybalay Bishop Jose Araneta Cabantan as the next archbishop of Cagayan de Oro replacing Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, who has retired at the age of 77. Pope Francis made the appointment at around 6pm, June 23, Philippine time.

A native of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, the 63-year old Cabantan previously led the archdiocese’s social action center before he was appointed bishop of Malaybalay in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Cabantan (top row, 3rd from left) was among the first batch of priest-graduates of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary located at Seminary Hill in Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro.

photo by Raffy A. DeGracia

He was ordained 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 was Administrator of the San Roque parish of Catarman, Camaguin from 1991 to 1995, Dean of Studies at the San Jose de Mindanao Seminary in Cagayan de Oro from 1995 to 1997, formator at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro and pastor of the Medalla Milagrosa Parish in Cagayan de Oro from 2007 to 2010.

Prior to his priesthood, bishop Cabantan worked as a licensed chemical engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Cebu Institute of Technology. More details below.

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