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Biography of Cardinal Marc Ouellet, p.s.s.

M. Ouellet



Ouellet
© 2010 Les Prêtres de Saint- Sulpice de Montréal


Born on June 8, 1944 in Lamotte near Amos in Abitibi, the son of a headmaster father of eight children, he received his primary education from 1950 to 1956 in his home parish. There he also began his secondary education (1956-1958) in order to finish them at the Berthier College (1958-1959), and did his college education as well as two years of philosophy at the École Normale of Amos (1959-1964), earning there a Bachelor of Pedagogy degree from Laval University in 1964. After his theological studies at the Major Seminary of Montreal (1964-1968), where in 1968 he received a license in theology from the University of Montreal, he was ordained priest for the Diocese of Amos on May 25, 1968 in his home parish, and appointed curate in the St-Sauveur Parish of Val d'Or (1968-1970).

After a few months of studying the Spanish language at the end of 1970, he taught philosophy at the Major Seminary of Bogotá in Colombia, directed by the Sulpicians, and decided in 1972 to join the Society of St. Sulpice doing the Solitude at the Seminary of Philosophy in Montreal. Then he continued his studies in Rome where he obtained a license in philosophy from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1974, while studying German in Innsbruck, Austria during this period. Assigned in 1974 as a member of the formation team and professor at the Major Seminary of Manizales in Colombia, in 1976 he was recalled to Canada to fulfill the same functions at the Major Seminary of Montreal. Returning to studies in 1978, he obtained in 1982 a doctorate in dogmatic theology at the Gregorian, also continuing his studies of German in Passau. Assigned in 1982 as a member of formation team and professor of the Major Seminary of Cali, Colombia, in 1983 he became rector of the Major Seminary of Manizales, and in 1988 first consultor of the Canadian Provincial Council of Sulpicians (a position he held until 1994) as well as a member of the formation team and professor at the Major Seminary of Montreal. He assumed the rectorship there in 1990, to pass, in 1994, to that of St. Joseph's Seminary in Edmonton. He also taught at Newman Theological College in 1996-1997 and was a lecturer at the John Paul II Institute in Rome. From 1995 to 2000 he was consultor of the Congregation for the Clergy, and in 1996 the consultor of the General Council of the Sulpicians. Since 1997 he was Titular Professor of dogmatic theology at the John Paul II Institute of the Pontifical Lateran University.


Elected on March 3, 2001 Titular Bishop of Acropolis and appointed secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, he was consecrated on March 19 in St. Peter's Basilica by Pope John Paul II, assisted by Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State, and by Cardinal Re, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

[Since his episcopal ordination] H. Exc. Ouellet is also a consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, a member of the Standing Interdicasterial Commission for the Church in Eastern Europe, Secretary of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, and member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology.


Motto: Ut unum sint
Iconography:   APC (2002) 814; CCCB Press Release, March 5, 2001.
Works:    
  • La participation chez saint Thomas d’Aquin. Mémoire de licence en philosophie, Université St-Thomas d’Aquin (Angélique), Rome, 1973.
  • L’existence comme mission; l’anthropologie théologique de Hans Urs von Balthasar. Thèse de doctorat en théologie, Grégorienne, Rome, 1983.
  • « Contemplation et exégèse », dans: La mission ecclésiale d’Adrienne von Speyr..., Paris, 1986, 163-172.
  • Homenaje a Hans Urs von Balthasar. Buenos Aires, 1990.
  • « Hans Urs von Balthasar, témoin de l’intégration foi et culture », dans: Québec, terre d’Évangile? Les défis de l’évangélisation dans la culture contemporaine. Montréal, 1991, 279-298.
  • « The foundations of Christian ethics according to Hans Urs von Balthasar », dans: Hans Urs von Balthasar: his life and work. Ed. by D.L. Schindler. San Francisco, 1991, 231-249.
  • Guindon, J., éd. La formation humaine intégrale des candidats au presbytérat. Montréal, 1993. (Il est l’un des 5 auteurs).
  • « La vocazione del teologo al dialogo », dans: Donum Veritatis. Istruzione e commenti. Publié par la Congregazione per la dottrina della Fede. Rome, 1993, 155-160.
  • « La profession de la foi », dans: Catéchisme de l’Église catholique. Montréal, 1993, 3-12.
  • « Le cardinal Henri de Lubac. Pour une théologie de la tradition », dans: La théologie au risque de l’histoire. Montréal, 1994, 95-112.
  • « Le message de la théologie de Balthasar à la théologie moderne », dans: Vermittlung als Auftrag. Freiburg, 1995, 93-123.
  • « La Spirito Santo, sigillo dell’alleanza coniugale », dans: Il matrimonio in Cristo è matrimonio nello Spirito. Éd. par R. Bonetti. Roma, 1998, 73-96.
  • « Padri e madri... come il vostro Padre celeste », dans: Padri et madri per crescere a immagine di Dio. Éd. par R. Bonetti. Roma, 1999, 70-93.
  • « Il sacramento del matrimonio e il mistero nuziale di Cristo », dans: Eucaristia e matrimonio, unico mistero nuziale. Éd. par R. Bonetti. Roma, 2000, 97-125.
  • Dieu plus merveilleux que les rêves, Québec, Éditions Anne Sigier, 2004, 120 p.
  • Le Journaliste et le Cardinal. Entretiens de Pierre Maisonneuve avec le cardinal Marc Ouellet, Montréal, Novalis, 2006, 206 p.
  • Divine ressemblance. Le mariage et la famille dans la mission de l'Église, Québec, Éditions Anne Sigier, 2006, 316 p.
  • L'apport des mouvements ecclésiaux. Unité et diversité dans l'Esprit, Bruyères-le-Châtel, Nouvelle Cité, Racines, 2011, 116 p.
  • Actualité et avenir du Council oecuménique Vatican II. Entretiens avec le Père Geoffroy de la Tousche, Dijon, L'échelle de Jacob, Visages, 2012, 245 p.

Sources :     AP (2002); Press Release of the Vatican Press Office of March 3, 2001; CCCB Press Release of March 5,  2001; information provided by the Sulpician Archives in Montreal; La Presse, March 25, 2001, A16.
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This English translation by the Workgroup "Communications" of the Province of Canada of the Priests of Saint Sulpice is published with the kind authorization of the Wilson & Lafleur Publishing House, of November 25, 2010. It is taken from: Jean LeBlanc, Dictionnaire biographique des évêques catholiques du Canada : les diocèses catholiques canadiens des Églises latine et orientales et leurs évêques : repères chronologiques et biographiques 1658-2002,  Montréal, Wilson & Lafleur, 2002, 881 p.

ed @ Peter Krasuski Source http://www.sulpc.org/ed/evsulpc_ouellet_en.html
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