Amidst the fear of the pandemic that we are facing today, the people from Cagayan de Oro are beyond blessed to have a new Bishop.

Cagayan de Oro has a new archbishop in the person of Malaybalay Bishop Jose Araneta Cabantan, replacing Archbishop Antonio Ledesma. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Cabantan on June 23, at 6PM.

Bishop Jose Araneta Cabantan

63-year old Bishop Cabantan is a native of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental. He was appointed as the bishop of Malaybalay by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

He was among the first batch of priesr-graduates from St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro.

On April 30, 1990, Bishop Cabantan was ordained priest for the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.

After a year as associate pastor of the Cathedral, he also served as:

  • Administrator of the San Roque Parish of Catarman, Camiguin (1991-1995)
  • Dean of Studies at the San Jose de Mindanao Seminary in Cagayan de Oro (1995-1997)
  • Formator at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro and Pastor of the Medalla Milagrosa Parish (2007-2010)

Not known to many, before he decided to pursue his vocation as a priest, Bishop Cabantan worked as a licensed Chemical Engineer. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Cebu Institute of Technology.

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