Ouellet, P.S.S., Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President
of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Archbishop
emeritus of Québec, was
born on 8 June 1944 in Lamotte, near Amos, Canada. He was ordained a
priest for the Diocese of Amos on 25 May 1968. He holds licentiates in
theology and philosophy, and a doctorate in dogmatic theology.
Cardinal Ouellet served as consultor to the Sulpicians’ Provincial
Council of Canada, and then director and teacher at the Major Seminary
of Montreal, where he became rector in 1990. He also served briefly as
rector of St Joseph's Seminary, Edmonton.
He was consultor to the Congregation for the Clergy, then to the General
Council of the Priests of Saint Sulpice. He later taught at the John
Paul II Institute at the Pontifical Lateran University, where in 1997 he
was appointed to the chair of dogmatic theology.
On 3 March 2001, he was
named titular Bishop of Agropoli and Secretary of the Pontifical Council
for Promoting Christian Unity; Pope John Paul II ordained him a Bishop
on 19 March of that year.
On 15 November 2002, Cardinal Ouellet was appointed Metropolitan
Archbishop of Quebec.
Cardinal Ouellet is a member of the
Pontifical Academy of Theology.
Relator General of the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops,
“The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” (5-26 October
On 30 June 2010 he was nominated
Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the
Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the
21 October 2003, of the Title of S. Maria in Traspontina (Holy Mary in
- Secretariat of State (second section);
- Congregations: for Divine Worship and the Discipline of
Sacraments; for Catholic Education; for the Clergy; for
the Doctrine of the Fait; for the Oriental Churches;
- Pontifical Councils for Culture; for
Promoting New Evangelization; for Legislative Texts;
- Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic