New Archbishop of Quebec CityTuesday, February 22 2011
(CCCB – Ottawa)… His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today named the Most Reverend Gérald Cyprien Lacroix Archbishop of Quebec City. At the time of his nomination, he was Auxiliary Bishop of Quebec City. On August 17, 2010, he had been elected Diocesan Administrator of the same diocese. Archbishop-elect Lacroix succeeds His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet whom the Holy Father appointed last June as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the Commission for Latin America.
Bishop Lacroix was born July 27, 1957, in Saint-Hilaire de Dorset, Quebec. He attended Laval University where he earned a master’s degree in pastoral theology. A member of the Pius X Secular Institute (I.S.P.X.), he was ordained a priest on October 8, 1988. In 1990, he began missionary work in Colombia, where he assisted in establishing his secular institute there as well as working in a parish and teaching at the Major Seminary of Popayán, Colombia. Upon returning to Canada in 1998, he became the head of the Pius X Secular Institute, a position he held until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop on April 7, 2009. Since 2008 Bishop Lacroix has been on the Executive Council of the World Conference of Secular Institutes. He is currently a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Life and Family of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).
The Archdiocese of Quebec City has a Catholic population of 1,040,690 in 220 parishes and missions, served by 431 diocesan priests, 275 religious order priests, 93 permanent deacons, 2,916 religious Sisters and Brothers, and 67 lay pastoral workers.