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Ouellet, Marc, P.S.S.*

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., Archbishop Emeritus of Québec and Primate of Canada, was born on June 8, 1944 in Lamotte, near Amos, Canada. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Amos on May 25, 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 March 3, 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 March 19, of that year.

On November 15, 2002, Cardinal Ouellet was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Quebec. He resigned from this position on June 30, 2010 upon his appointment as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Cardinal Ouellet is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology.

He ceased his position as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops upon the retierment of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28, 2013.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of October 21, 2003, of the Title of S. Maria in Traspontina (Holy Mary in Transpontina).

Member of:

  • Congregations: for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments; for Catholic Education;
  • Pontifical Commission for Latin America;
  • Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses;
  • Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Affairs of the Holy See;
  • XI Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

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