Most Reverend Alexander Sample

Most Reverend Alexander Sample, the eleventh Archbishop of Portland in Oregon (the fourth, Alexander Christie, was the founder of the University of Portland in 1901), was twice appointed a bishop by Pope Benedict XVI – first to the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan, in 2005, and then to Portland in 2013, succeeding Most Reverend John Vlazny. A Montana native, Archbishop Sample earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in metallurgical engineering at Michigan Tech, before being ordained a priest in 1990, and serving widely as a parish priest before his elevation.

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