October 6, 2010
WASHINGTON (October 6, 2010) —Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation
from office of Bishop Guy Sansaricq, until now auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn, New
York, due to age limits.
Guy A. Sansaricq was born October 6, 1934, in
Jeremie, Haiti. He studied for the priesthood at the diocesan seminary of the
Jeremie Diocese and at St. Paul’s Pontifical Semirary in Ottawa, Canada. He was
ordained a priest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1960.
After serving as
chaplain for Haitians in the Bahamas, where he became especially aware of the
plight of immigrants, Father Sansaricq studied at the Pontifical Gregorian
University in Rome, where he received a master's degree in l971. That same year
he was accepted into the Diocese of Brooklyn and was assigned to Sacred Heart
Parish in Brooklyn, where he served for 22 years. During that time he was also
appointed diocesan coordinator of the Haitian Apostolate. In l987, he was
selected by the U.S. Catholic bishops to head the National Haitian
In l993, he was named pastor of St. Jerome's Church in
Brooklyn. He was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in l999, and
appointed auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn on June 6, 2006.
is the only Haitian-American bishop in the United States.
The Diocese of
Brooklyn comprises the Kings and Queens Counties in the State of New York, and
extends over 179 Square Miles. It has a total population
of4,787,708, of whom 1,436,312 are Catholic.