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José A. Cabantan

S.S.J.V., D.D.
Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro
ProvinceEcclesiastical Province of Cagayan de Oro
SeeCagayan de Oro
Installed28 August 2020
PredecessorAntonio Ledesma, S.J.
Ordination30 April 1990
Consecration30 April 2010
by Edward Joseph Adams
Personal details
Birth nameJosé Araneta Cabantan
Born (1957-06-19) June 19, 1957 (age 64)
Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
DenominationRoman Catholicism
Previous post(s)Bishop of Malaybalay
Alma mater
MottoSpe Salvi Facti Sumus (In hope we were saved)[1]
Coat of arms
Styles of
José A. Cabantan
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

José Araneta Cabantan (born June 19, 1957) is a Filipino Roman Catholic clergyman who is currently the Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines.[2]

Early life

José Araneta Cabantan was born in Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, 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.

After a year as associate pastor at the Cathedral, he was, from 1991 to 1995, Administrator of the San Roque parish of Catarman, Camaguin. From 1995 to 1997 he was Dean of Studies at the San Jose de Mindanao Seminary in Cagayan de Oro. 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.


He was elected Bishop of Malaybalay on February 18, 2010 after the Retirement of his Predecessor the Most Rev. Honesto C. Pacana, and was consecrated on April 30 by His Excellency Most Rev. Edward Adams, D.D., then Apostolic Nuncio to the PH.

Within the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines, Bishop Cabantan serves as President of the Episcopal Commission for Basic Communities.

On June 23, 2020, Pope Francis appointed him as the fifth Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro after the Retirement of his Predecessor the Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma and he was canonically installed on August 28, 2020.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Cabantan to be installed archbishop on fiesta day". Mindanao Goldstar. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Bishop José Araneta Cabantan". Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "Resignations and appointments, 23.06.2020". Vatican Press. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "New appointment for Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines". Vatican News. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
Catholic Church titles Preceded byAntonio Ledesma Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro2020-present Incumbent Preceded byHonesto Pacana Bishop of Malaybalay2010-2020 Succeeded byNoel Pedregosa
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