The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) recently confirmed that bishop Edgar Gacutan has been selected by Pope Francis to lead the diocese of Sendai, Japan, as the first-ever Filipino Catholic bishop assigned Japanese diocese head.
Born in 1964 in Cagayan, Gacutan obtained his degree in Philosophy from St. Louis University in Baguio City, then went on to study Theology at Maryhill School of Theology in Manila in the 1980s
In 1990, Gacutan relocated to Japan to be a seminary student, as part of an internship program.
Three years later, he would return to Maryhill to finish his theological academics.
A year after his graduation he was ordained a priest of the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae (CICM), also known as the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
He would eventually return to Japan, however, to take on the role of assistant pastor for the Kongo church in Osaka.
From 2004 to 2012 Gacutan rose to the position of Japanese CICM province superior, wherein he rendered aid and support to victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Prior to his selection to lead the Sendai diocese, the 57-year-old bishop was the Matsubara Catholic Church’s parish priest, at the Setagaya Ward in Tokyo.
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