February 28, 2011

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict named 53-year-old Bishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix as the new archbishop of Quebec.

Lacroix, a member of the Quebec-based Pius X Secular Institute, had been an auxiliary bishop in Quebec since 2009. As archbishop, he succeeds Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who became prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops in July.

Lacroix was born in Saint-Hilaire de Dorset, Quebec, on July 27, 1957, the eldest son in a family of seven children.

When he was eight, his family settled in Manchester, N.H., where he lived until completing his first year of college.

He joined the Pius X Secular Institute as a consecrated lay member in 1975. In 1982, he made perpetual vows and became the institute’s secretary general.

He earned a master’s degree in pastoral theology at Laval University, and, from 1985 to 1987, directed a formation and Christian renewal centre.

He was ordained a priest in 1988. From 1990 to 2000, he served as a missionary in Colombia. After his return to Canada, he became director general of the institute in 2001.