The Vatican announced on Tuesday, June 23, the appointment of Bishop Jose Cabantan of Malaybalay as the new archbishop of Cagayan de Oro in the southern Philippines.
Bishop Cabantan, who has been serving as archbishop in temporary capacity, replaced Archbishop Antonio Ledesma who retired last year after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.
Bishop Cabantan, 63, was born in Lagonglong town in Misamis Oriental, and was ordained priest at the age of 32 on April 30, 1990, at St. John the Baptist Parish, also in Lagonglong.
He is the first to be appointed archbishop from the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro where he earned a degree in Pastoral Ministry.
From 1991 to 1995, he was administrator of the San Roque parish of Catarman, in Camiguin, until his appointment as 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.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Malaybalay on Feb. 17, 2010.
He was ordained bishop on April 30, 2010 at St. Agustine Metropolitan Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro and was installed at San Isidro Cathedral, Malaybalay, on May 15, 2010.