The Archbishop of Québec to join the College of Cardinals

Thursday, February 20 2014

lacroix(CECC – Ottawa)… The Most Reverend Cardinal-designate Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada, together with 18 other Bishops, will be elevated to the College of Cardinals during the Consistory to take place in Vatican City on February 22, 2014. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, had announced the nomination of the new Cardinals on January 12, 2014. Archbishop Lacroix will become the eighth Cardinal in the history of the Archdiocese of Québec and the 17th Cardinal in the history of the Catholic Church in Canada. Canada will now have four Cardinals. The three others are His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montreal, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and former Archbishop of Québec.

The new Cardinal will be accompanied to Rome by a small delegation from the Archdiocese of Québec together with members of his family including his parents. The Mayor of Quebec, Mr. Régis Labeaume, will be also present. The official representative of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB. The Catholic Channel Salt + Light Television will offer coverage of the creation of the new Cardinals on February 22 at 10:00 a.m. and the Closing Mass of the Consistory on February 23 at 8:30 a.m. 

Cardinal Lacroix Mgr DurocherIn a statement issued January 13, 2014, CCCB President Archbishop Durocher congratulated Archbishop Lacroix on behalf of all the Bishops of Canada. “This appointment by Pope Francis is a great honour for all the Church in our country, as well as indicating the importance of the See of Québec and the important role it played in evangelizing the New World,” the CCCB President stated. “What an honour this is for the people of Quebec and those of the entire country, as we celebrate the 350th anniversary of the erection of the first parish in North America outside Spanish-speaking territories.”

Cardinal-designate 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 of Québec on April 7, 2009. On February 22, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Québec. He had previously been elected Administrator of the Archdiocese on August 17, 2010, following the appointment of Cardinal Ouellet as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. As Archbishop of Québec, Cardinal-designate Lacroix also became an ex officio member of the CCCB Permanent Council.

A welcoming celebration for Cardinal Lacroix will be held in Quebec City on February 28, 2014, at the Pavillon de la jeunesse on the site of ExpoCité. This public celebration is expected to involve 4,000 people and will start at 7:00 p.m. There will be three major parts to the evening’s celebration: brief speeches from civil and religious authorities; a Liturgy of the Word, focusing on the Archdiocese itself; and an opportunity for the faithful of the Archdiocese to greet the new Cardinal.