Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro

Archbishop Ledesma

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Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma

Archbishop's Residence P.O. Box 113 Fernandez Street , Brgy.01, Cagayan de Oro City, 9000 Misamis Oriental, Philippines

+63 8822 722-375, +63 88 857-1357

Fax :+63 8822 726-304

Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD was born on March 28, 1943 in Iloilo City. He was ordained a priest on April 16, 1973 at Jaro Cathedral, Iloilo City. On June 13, 1996 Pope John Paul II appointed him Coadjutor Bishop of Ipil, Zamboanga del Sur. He was ordained Bishop on August 31, 1996. His installation took place on July 16, 1997. On June 28, 1997 he succeeded as Bishop of Ipil. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him on March 3, 2006 Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro.

He is currently chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Inter-religious Dialogue and member of the Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace.

Archbishop Ledesma speaks English, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Spanish and Latin.

* Elementary
St. Aloysius School/Ateneo de Manila
* 1955 Secondary
Ateneo de Manila
* Tertiary
Ateneo de Manila University
A.B. History and Government, magna cum laude
Entered the Society of Jesus on 30 May 1963
* First vows
31 May 1965
* Juniorate
1965-1966SHN, Novaliches
* Philosophy1966-1968
Loyola House of Studies
Loyola Heights, QC
* Regency1968-1970
Xavier University
Cagayan de Oro City * Theology1970-1973
LHS, Loyola Heights
1973-1974Lima, Peru
* Tertianship1981-1982
SHN, Novaliches
* Graduate Studies
* University of the Philippines
MA Political Science, 1968
* University of Wisconsin
Madison, 1980
PhD Development

* 1980-1981- Asst. Parish Priest, Siay Parish, Zamboanga del Sur
* 1982-1996- Taught Sociology, Economics & Religious Studies, Xavier University
* 1984-1994- Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of South East Asia Rural Social Leadership Institute (SEARSOLIN)
* 1984-1996
* Director of Xavier University College of Agriculture Complex
* Executive Vice President of Xavier Science Foundation
* 1985-1986- Chairman, Philippine Sociology Society
* 1985-1990- Chairman, Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas
* 1993- Chairman, Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development
* 1993-1996- House Consultor, Loyola House
* 1994- Chairman, Philippine Agrarian Reform Foundation for National Development
* 1994-1996- Executive Vice President and Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, Xavier University
* 1996- Board Member, Association of Foundations
* 2009- present, chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Inter-religious Dialogue

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Jesus B. Tuquib, DD, STD (1973-2006)
  • Archbishop Patrick H. Cronin, S.S.C.M.E. † (Oct. 13, 1970 - Jan. 5, 1988 Retired)
  • Archbishop James Thomas Gibbons Hayes, S.J. † (March 16, 1933 - Oct. 13, 4 1970 Retired)

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