Bishop Cabantan to be installed as CDO archbishop on August 28
MALAYBALAY CITY (01 July 2020) Pope Francis has appointed Malaybalay Bishop Jose Cabantan,as the new Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro on June 23.
Bishop Cabantan said as agreed with retired Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, his installation will be held on August 28.
Once the new archbishop is installed, the Diocese sa Malaybalay' bishop post will be declared vacant, the bishop said over DXDB-Radyo Bandilyo. He said the Diocese’s College of Consultors will select an administrator until the Pope appoints a new bishop for the diocese.
Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bishop said his ministry has recently focused on small groups such as the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC).
The bishop said in the interview that his experience in the diocese is unforgettable because of the living faith of the people through their active participation in religious gatherings, sharing and fellowships.
The bishop said he is thankful of the appointment as archbishop. He also thanked the parishioners and all priests, nuns and laity in the diocese.
The bishop expressed hope that God will bless the people with gifts of faith and life in the diocese and for continuous guidance and encouragement.
According to vaticannews.va, Bishop 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 a priest on April 30, 1990 in Lagonglong for the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.
He 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. (Sean Sulugan/BukidnonNews.Net)