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At his 2006 installation as Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, Mich., Archbishop-designate Alexander K. Sample uses incense around the altar at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. 
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At his 2006 installation as Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, Mich., Archbishop-designate Alexander K. Sample uses incense around the altar at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. 
In a message to his diocese in northern Michigan, the new archbishop of Portland says he is excited to take up his new challenge, but leaves with "a certain heaviness of heart."

"I will profoundly miss the people, the clergy and the religious of the diocese," Archbishop-designate Alexander K. Sample said in a statement to the people of the Diocese of Marquette. "They will always be in my heart and prayers."

Archbishop-designate Sample's new posting was announced in Washington Jan. 29 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the U.S.

The Mass of installation in Portland is scheduled for April 2.

Archbishop-designate Sample is vice postulator for the sainthood cause for the Marquette Diocese's first bishop, Bishop Frederic Baraga, a 19th-century missionary who ministered to miners and Native Americans on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

On the national level, Archbishop Sample is a member of the U.S. bishops' subcommittees on Native American Catholics and on the Catechism.