DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN
Retired Auxiliary Bishop Guy A. Sansaricq
Born in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 6, 1934, into a
devout Catholic family, Auxiliary Bishop Guy A. Sansaricq decided at age
13 that he wanted to become a priest. He attended the seminary of the
Jeremie Diocese for five years, after which he received a scholarship to
St. Paul's Pontifical Seminary in Ottawa, Canada, where he studied
philosophy and theology for seven years. In l960 he was ordained a
priest in the cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
After ordination he was assigned to the
cathedral is Les Cayes, but after a year he was assigned by his bishop
to serve as chaplain for Haitian immigrants in the Bahamas, ministering
from the Benedictine Priory of St. Francis in Nassau. In seven years in
that work, he became aware of the plight of immigrants, and especially
When he completed his work in the Bahamas,
he was given a scholarship to study social sciences at the Pontifical
Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a master's degree in
In that same year, he was accepted to serve
in the Diocese of Brooklyn and was assigned to Sacred Heart parish in
Cambria Heights, where he served for 22 years. During that time, he was
appointed diocesan coordinator of the Haitian Apostolate. In l987 he was
selected by the U.S. bishops to head the National Haitian Apostolate.
In l993, he was named pastor of St. Jerome's
Church in Flatbush, where he has continued to minister. He was named a
Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in l999.
Bishop Sansaricq's involvements include
publishing a quarterly newsletter on Haitian matters concerning the
Church, conducting a pastoral institute in Creole that attracts 90
students annually and organizing an annual convention of the Haitian
Apostolate, and coordinating an annual retreat for priests and a yearly
youth congress. He is also a co-founder of Haitian-Americans United for
Progress, a service agency.
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