Cardinal Gérald Lacroix
Archbishop of Québec
His Eminence Cardinal Gérald C. Cardinal Lacroix was born on July 27, 1957 in Saint-Hilaire de Dorset, a farming community of the Beauce Region in the Province of Quebec, Canada. In 1965, he emigrated with his family to Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. There he graduated from Trinity High School and pursued his studies at St. Anselm College.
His Eminence Cardinal Lacroix was received as a lay consecrated member of the Pius X Secular Institute (ISPX) in 1976 and pronounced perpetual vows in 1982. In 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Theology degree from Laval University, Quebec City. While serving as Secretary General of the Pius X Secular Institute from 1982 to 1987, he was also Director of its Maison du Renouveau, a Christian formation and spiritual renewal centre in Quebec, from 1985 to 1987.
On March 25, 1988, His Eminence Cardinal Lacroix was ordained a deacon by Bishop Odore Gendron in St. Anthony of Padoua Parish in the Diocese of Manchester, NH. On October 8th of the same year, he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Maurice Couture in Notre-Dame-de-Recouvrance church for the Archdiocese of Quebec.
From 1990 to 1998, he was a missionary in Colombia, South America, and greatly contributed to establish the Pius X Secular Institute in that country. While serving as pastor of Nuestra Señora del Carmen Parish in Argelia, Cauca, in the Archdiocese of Popayán from 1990 to 1993, he obtained a Master’s in Pastoral Theology from Laval University, Quebec (1993).
During his stay in Colombia, he assumed several responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Popayán, namely as professor at San José Seminary, member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, member of the Priests’ Council, member of the Social Communications Commission, and director of the Liturgy Commission. On his return to Quebec, he was elected General Director of the Pius X Secular Institute from 2001 to 2005 and from 2005 to 2009. He was also President of the Canadian National Office of St. Andrew School of Evangelization, and member of the Board of Directors for the World Conference of Secular Institutes (2008-2012).