|Appointed||22 February 2011|
|Installed||25 March 2011|
|Predecessor||Marc Ouellet, PSS|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of San Giuseppe all’Aurelio|
|Ordination||8 October 1988
by Maurice Couture
|Consecration||24 May 2009
by Marc Ouellet
|Created Cardinal||22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
|Birth name||Gérald Cyprien Lacroix|
27 July 1957|
Saint-Hilaire-de-Dorset, Quebec, Canada
|Coat of arms|
Gérald Cyprien Lacroix
Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, ISPX, (born 27 July 1957), is the current Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 22 February 2011. He had previously served as Auxiliary Bishop of Québec.
Lacroix was born in 1957 in Saint-Hilaire-de-Dorset in the Archdiocese of Québec, and completed his secondary and higher education at Trinity High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Saint Anselm College in the neighbouring town of Goffstown. He then studied for his theological training at Laval University, obtaining a BA in theology. He continued with a master's degree in pastoral theology. In 1975 he was accepted at the Pius X Secular Institute and took perpetual vows in 1982.
In 1982 he became Secretary General of the Institute and since 1985 has been Director of the General Council. From 1985 to 1987 he was appointed general manager of the Institute's Christian formation and spiritual center. He was ordained priest on 8 October 1988 by Archbishop Maurice Couture, R.S.V., in the Parish of Notre-Dame-de-la-Récouvrance.
From 1990 to 2000 he worked in Colombia, where he opened new houses of the Institute. From 2001 to 2004 he was Director General of the Institute, and re-elected for five years from 2005 to 2010.
He was appointed Titular Bishop of Ilta and Auxiliary Bishop of Québec on 7 April 2009 and received episcopal consecration on 24 May with Marc Cardinal Ouellet as principal consecrator, the principal co-consecrators being Archbishop Maurice Couture, R.S.V. and Msgr. Gilles Lemay.
On 22 February 2011 Msgr. Lacroix was appointed Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, replacing Cardinal Ouellet, who had been appointed Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops on 30 June 2010. During the sede vacante Msgr. Lacroix was elected diocesan administrator by the College of Consultors. He is currently one of the co-chairmen of the Committee on Life and Family of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. After his appointment, Lacroix said that he would continue the work of Cardinal Ouellet and "re-evangelize" the province. Lacroix noted that he favours a discussion-based approach. "I'm going to be different. One thing is certain: I will preach the Gospel. If people expect something else, they'll be disappointed," he said.
He received the pallium from Pope Benedict on 29 June 2011, the Feast of SS Peter and Paul in Rome along with all other metropolitan archbishops appointed since 2010. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals at the consistory on 22 February 2014.
- That is, Secular Institute of Pius X, founded 1940, http://secularinstitutes.org/directory.htm . Accessed 2014 January 14.
- NOMINA DELL’ARCIVESCOVO METROPOLITA DI QUÉBEC
- New archbishop says he's open to dialogue
- "Pope Francis creates 19 new Cardinals". News.va. 22 February 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
|Catholic Church titles|
Marc Cardinal Ouellet, PSS
|Primate of Canada
22 February 2011 – present
|Archbishop of Quebec
22 February 2011 – present