Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample of the Diocese of Marquette, MI to be the eleventh Archbishop of Portland in Oregon. The announcement was made by the Vatican this morning. He will succeed Archbishop John G. Vlazny who is retiring at age 75 years old.
Archbishop-Designate Sample was born in Kalispell, MT on November 7, 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in1982, and a Master of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering in1984 also from Michigan Technological University. He studied at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH, earning a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1990 at St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette, MI. Following ordination, Father Sample served as parochial vicar at St. Peter Cathedral Parish in Marquette, as pastor at St. George Parish, Bark River, MI, at Sacred Heart Parish in Schaffer, MI, and at St. Michael Parish in Perronville, MI.
In 1996 he earned a licentiate degree in canon law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome. Upon returning to the Marquette Diocese in 1996, he was appointed Chancellor of the diocese. He has served as a member of the diocesan Presbyteral Council, as a member of the College of Consultors, a member of the Marriage Tribunal, Director of On-going Formation of Priests, Director of the Department of Ministry and Priest Personnel, and as Diocesan Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus. He served as Executive Director of the Bishop Baraga Association and as a Member of the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People.
He was appointed Bishop of the Marquette Diocese on December 13, 2005 and
was ordained Bishop on January 25, 2006 by Cardinal Adam Maida. Archbishop-Designate Sample is a Member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Sub-committee on Native American Catholics, and the USCCB Sub-committee on the Catechism. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (LaCrosse, WI), and as a Member of Sacred Heart Seminary (Detroit) Board of Trustees which is affiliated to the Angelicum.
The Mass of Installation for Archbishop-Designate Sample will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.