Most Rev. Gabriel Malzaire, who spent 19 years in Dominica as Bishop of Roseau, Dominica, is the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Castries.
The installation ceremony took place at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in St. Lucia on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
Rev. Gabriel Malzaire was ordained a priest on July 28, 1985. He served in several parishes in the Archdiocese of Castries and also taught at the Regional Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs in Trinidad.
At age 45 he was appointed Bishop of Roseau, Dominica, and was ordained as Bishop on October 4, 2002. He has been a Bishop for the past nineteen years and is in his second term as President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.
He was born in Mon Repos, Saint Lucia, on October 4, 1957, and is the son of Edison Joseph Malzaire and Oliver Malzaire both deceased. He has ten siblings and has become only the second Saint Lucian to be appointed Archbishop of Castries. Archbishop Patrick Webster, OSB, a Saint Lucian, was the first Archbishop of Castries (1974 – 1979). The new Metropolitan Archbishop succeeds Archbishop Robert Rivas O.P., a Trinidadian, who has served in the Archdiocese of Castries for fourteen years since his Installation as Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Castries on October 14, 2007.
Today the Church in Saint Lucia rejoices and is filled with gratitude for its newly installed Archbishop. Indeed, all of Saint Lucia is proud to welcome the new Archbishop back home. As members of the OECS, the Catholic Church and people of Saint Lucia wish to thank the Church and people of Dominica for welcoming Bishop Malzaire and supporting him over the past 19 years as he led the Church in Dominica. He will continue to act as Apostolic Administrator in Roseau, Dominica until a successor is appointed and installed to succeed him in the See of Roseau.