TUGUEGARAO CITY: Pope Francis has appointed Filipino missionary priest Fr. Edgar Gacutan, a Cagayan native, as bishop in the Japanese diocese of Sendai on December 8.
At the time of the new appointment, Bishop Gacutan was serving as parish priest of Matsubara Catholic Church in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo.
Born in Enrile, Cagayan in 1964, the bishop studied philosophy at St. Louis University in Baguio City from 1981 to 1985.
He studied theology at Maryhill School of Theology in Manila from 1986 to 1989.
In February 1990, he was transferred to Japan as a seminary student.
He was ordained priest for the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae (CICM) in 1994.
He served as assistant pastor in Kongo church, Osaka from 1994 to 1997, and was part of the team ministry in Osaka for six years until 2003.
In 2004, he was appointed superior of the Japanese CICM Province.
The bishop has been assigned to Sendai in the past years.