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  • Archbishop's Easter message
    In His glorious Resurrection Our Lord has conquered death, has conquered sin, and has conquered really all that afflicts us.
  • WATCH: Tenebrae — Holy Week rite returns to cathedral
    St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland on March 31 held an ancient Holy Week rite with chanted psalms, readings from Scripture, words of the saints and even a brief simulated earthquake.
  • WATCH: ‘Profoundly proud’: Archbishop thanks priests for service during a hard year
    It was an unusual sight. About 100 priests sat in the pews of Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception March 29 — vested, distanced and masked, but clearly together.
  • Archbishop thankful for statement
    Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for a March 15 statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that explains while all persons have inherent dignity and are to be treated with respect, the church considers same-sex unions illicit and will not bless them.
  • Archdiocese gearing up to share God’s love and Gospel message
    Almost 9,000 viewers watched March 10 and subsequently as Archbishop Alexander Sample was the guest on Real Life Catholic, a webcast with host Chris Stefanick. Archbishop Sample said his mission in unchurched western Oregon is to help people know God loves them and has a plan for their lives.

  • WATCH: St. Joseph held up as example for today
    Joe and Millie Hoffman traveled from Beaverton to attend the Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph March 19 at Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. St. Joseph is their man.
  • Archbishop affirms preference for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines
    Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample agrees with leading bishops who have urged Americans to try to choose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines over the newly approved Johnson & Johnson shot.
  • Archbishop urges fervent preparation during Lent
    As Lent began, Archbishop Alexander Sample encouraged Catholics to enter the season fully through prayer, fasting and good works, all with the goal of growing closer to Christ.
  • Archbishop pleads for unity
    Archbishop Alexander Sample on Jan. 29 delivered an ardent appeal for unity in society, especially the church.

  • Archbishop on protecting unborn: ‘We will be relentless’
    Archbishop Alexander Sample said Jan. 23 that Oregon’s pro-life advocates will be relentless and even extreme in peaceful efforts to secure the lives of the unborn.
  • Archbishop: Taking COVID-19 vaccine morally permissible
    Archbishop Alexander Sample on Jan. 13 issued a letter assuring Catholics that receiving inoculations against COVID-19 is morally permissible, especially the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
  • Archbishop joins nation’s bishops in praying for President Biden
    “As we face the moral, social and political challenges ahead for our nation, I encourage all Catholics to pray for our new president,” Archbishop Alexander Sample said on inauguration day.
  • ‘What did God make you to do?’
    Jake Coleman — who attended St. Clare School in Southwest Portland, Jesuit High School and the University of Notre Dame — said the calling strengthened as he matured and came to know himself better. He hit that time of life when young adults confront their weaknesses; for him, the process revealed that he deeply needs Christ.
  • ‘In this is our entire hope’
    The pandemic, political division, wildfires, remnants of racism and civil unrest during 2020 have left many Oregonians feeling, as the prophet Isaiah put it, that they have walked in darkness. “But it is precisely in the midst of all this that we have seen a great light, a light that now has shown upon all of us,” Archbishop Alexander Sample said during Christmas midnight Mass at Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
  • 2020 Christmas letter from Archbishop Sample
    This past year has been like no other, at least in my lifetime. Let me just say it — it’s been a tough year. This past year has brought us a global pandemic, severe political division, a reminder of the remnants of racism in our society, social unrest and even violence, and wildfires. So many lives lost, so many grieving families, so many lives severely disrupted, so much loss and suffering. Yes, many of us can’t wait to turn the page on this year and look forward to better things in 2021.

  • Archbishop invites believers to Advent spirituality
    Christians ought to keep up the beautiful spiritual practices of Advent year-round, Archbishop Alexander Sample said during a Dec. 11 livestreamed talk from his home chapel in outer Northwest Portland.
  • Archbishop: Wearing masks an act of charity
    Archbishop Alexander Sample on Dec. 4 urged Catholics to view the coronavirus surge soberly and follow safety protocols, including the wearing of face masks and keeping a safe distance. He also said that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and her staff are people of good will who sincerely are trying to protect public health and want to see an end to the pandemic. 
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Archbishop Sample joins national conversation on racism
    Combatting racism was one focus of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ annual mid-November meeting, held online this year because of the pandemic.
  • Archbishop on McCarrick report: The institutional church failed
    A shaken Archbishop Alexander Sample last week reflected on the Vatican’s report on former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Two decades ago, McCarrick rose to high leadership in the church despite serial sexual misconduct.
  • WATCH: ‘Let Jesus take care of it’
    Archbishop Alexander Sample urged peace and trust as results of the presidential election were becoming clear.

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