New York City, N.Y., Aug 23, 2021 / 15:00 pm
Bishop Guy Sansaricq, a retired auxiliary of the Diocese of Brooklyn and the first Haitian-born bishop in the United States, died Saturday at age 86.
“He was a symbol of the progress of the Haitian people here and, as someone who served as a bishop, gave the Haitian community some recognition and stature as immigrant people, a ministry he served very well,” Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said.
Bishop Sansaricq died Aug. 21 at the rectory of St. Gregory the Great Church in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The bishop was born in Jérémie, Haiti, Oct. 6, 1934 to a devout Catholic family. Feeling a call to the priesthood as a teenager, he was ordained a priest June 29, 1960 for the Diocese of Les Cayes. He had studied at Saint Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa, where he earned his licentiates in philosophy and theology.