Bishop Alexander K. Sample appointed archbishop in Portland
MARQUETTE – Bishop Alexander K. Sample has been appointed to archbishop in Portland, Oregon. Sample had served seven years as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette and was recently appointed to his new designation by Pope Benedict XVI.
Archbishop-Designate Sample will be installed as Archbishop of Portland on April 2. He will succeed Archbishop
John Vlazny, who turned 75 years old, the canonical age of retirement for bishops, on Feb. 2, 2012.
“Even as there is excitement and joy at taking up this new challenge that God has placed before me, I would be less than honest if I did not say that I will leave the church in the U.P. with a certain heaviness of heart,” said Archbishop-Designate Sample.
“I will profoundly miss the people, the clergy and religious of the diocese. I will miss my brother priests in a special way, since I was chosen from among them to be their bishop.”
Archbishop-Designate Sample will remain as administrator of the Diocese of Marquette until his installation in Portland. At that time, the Diocesan College of Consultors will select a new diocesan administrator who will serve the Diocese of Marquette until a new bishop or an apostolic administrator is named by the Pope.