My old friend, Most Rev. Alexander Sample, formerly Bishop of Marquette, has been appointed Archbishop of Portland!
Congratulations to the people of Portland
Vatican City, 29 January 2013 (VIS) – Today, the Holy Father appointed Bishop Alexander King Sample as archbishop of the archdiocese of Portland (area 76,937, population 3,296,705, Catholics 412,725, priests 300, permanent deacons 72, religious 653), Oregon, USA. Bishop Sample, previously bishop of Marquette, Michigan, USA, was born in Kalispell, Montana, USA, in 1960, was ordained to the priesthood in 1990, and received episcopal ordination in 2006. In the national bishops’ conference he currently serves on the Subcommittees on Native American Catholics and on the Catechism. He is also vice-postulator for the cause for canonisation of Venerable Frederic Baraga, first bishop of the Diocese of Marquette. He succeeds Archbishop John George Vlazny, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
I have written about Archbp. Sample quite a few times. Above, where you see a link on his name, you can find my tag for him and look back over the years.
However, I bring to your attention the great sermon he gave last summer at Assumption Grotto parish in Detroit, which was downloaded quite a few times and made the rounds. He explains his thought on liturgical worship in clear, hard-hitting terms.
Some people reported a problem with the higher res video, which is large. There is lower resolution and audio only. Enjoy! I sure did.