Gérald Lacroix

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Gérald Lacroix

Cardinal, Archbishop of Quebec
Primate of Canada
ChurchCatholic Church
Appointed22 February 2011
Installed25 March 2011
PredecessorMarc Ouellet
Other postsCardinal Priest of San Giuseppe all'Aurelio
Ordination8 October 1988
by Maurice Couture
Consecration24 May 2009
by Marc Ouellet
Created cardinal22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Born (1957-07-27) 27 July 1957 (age 63)
Saint-Hilaire-de-Dorset, Quebec, Canada
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsBrigitte Laurendeau & Raymond Lacroix
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Quebec (2009–2011)
Titular Bishop of Hilta (2009–2011)
Alma mater
Motto"Mane nobiscum Domine"
("Stay with us, Lord")
Ordination history of
Gérald Lacroix
Priestly ordination
Date8 October 1988
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorMarc Ouellet
Co-consecratorsMaurice Couture
Gilles Lemay
Date24 May 2009
Elevated byPope Francis
Date22 February 2014
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Gérald Lacroix as principal consecrator
Gaetan Proulx, OSM25 February 2012
Denis Grondin25 February 2012
Héctor Felipe Vila7 February 2016
Louis Corriveau8 December 2016
Marc Pelchat8 December 2016
Styles of
Gérald Cyprien Lacroix
Coat of arms of Gérald Cyprien Lacroix.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Gérald Cyprien Lacroix ISPX[1] ([laˈkʁwa]; born July 27, 1957) is the current Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 22 February 2011. He has been a cardinal since 22 February 2014. He was previously Auxiliary Bishop of Quebec.[2]

Early life[edit]

Lacroix was born on 27 July 1957 in Saint-Hilaire-de-Dorset in the Archdiocese of Quebec 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 Université Laval, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree 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 Lacroix 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 centre. He was ordained priest on 8 October 1988 by Archbishop Maurice Couture in the Parish of Notre-Dame-de-la-Récouvrance.

From 1990 to 2000 Lacroix 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.


Lacroix was appointed Titular Bishop of Ilta and Auxiliary Bishop of Quebec on 7 April 2009 and received episcopal consecration on 24 May with Marc Ouellet as principal consecrator, the principal co-consecrators being Maurice Couture and Gilles Lemay.

On 22 February 2011 Lacroix was appointed Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, replacing Marc Ouellet, who had been appointed Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops on 30 June 2010. During the sede vacante after the death of Pope John Paul II, 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 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.[3]

Lacroix received an honorary doctorate in divinity from Saint Anselm College at the college's 118th commencement exercises held on 21 May 2011. He was also the commencement speaker.[4]

Lacroix received the pallium from Pope Benedict on 29 June 2011, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome along with all other metropolitan archbishops appointed since 2010. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis at the consistory on 22 February 2014.[5]

In October 2016 Lacroix was appointed a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in addition to his other duties.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ That is, Secular Institute of St. Pius X, founded 1940, http://secularinstitutes.org/directory.htm Archived 20 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 14 January 2014.
  2. ^ "NOMINA DELL'ARCIVESCOVO METROPOLITA DI QUÉBEC". Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  3. ^ New archbishop says he's open to dialogue
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Pope Francis creates 19 new Cardinals". News.va. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Marc Ouellet
Archbishop of Quebec
Primate of Canada
Title last held by
Georg Sterzinsky
Cardinal-Priest of San Giuseppe all'Aurelio