"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
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. More later...
I can’t think of much better news to wake up to than the
announcement that Bishop Alexander Sample has been appointed as Archbishop of
Portland, Oregon! (I wrote about him here a few months back.)
This is simply GREAT news for the Church, and for those of
us in the Diocese of Baker who yearn for a true leader to guide this part of
the country back toward orthodoxy!
He’ll have his hands full, of course; Portland is a bastion
of “gay pride” parishes and pastors, not to mention the feminist “wymyn-priest”
proponents. It will be an uphill battle to rid the Archdiocese of the vermin
that infest it, but I have a feeling Bishop Sample will be up to the task!
I have heard rumors that some of the
liberal-modernist-progressive types in the Archdiocese have been planning an
escape route for months – whispers of Bishop Sample’s appointment-to-come have
been circulating for quite some time.
Bishop Sample’s appointment is good news for the Diocese of
Baker, too. We have a new bishop without any experience whatsoever, and rumors
here suggest that he’s been following the dubious guidance of Archbishop Vlazny
and retired Bishop Skylstadt, who served as our Apostolic Administrator for
over a year (and succeeded in completely undermining a blossoming movement
toward liturgical reverence and reform here).
The Archbishop of Portland
serves as the Ordinary of the archdiocese, of course. He is also the Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province
of Portland; the suffragan dioceses of this province include those in Oregon,
Idaho, & Montana. Those would be the dioceses of Baker (eastern Oregon), Boise
(Idaho), Helena (Montana), and Great Falls-Billings (Montana). I don’t know
much about the bishops in Montana, but I do know that the bishop of Idaho has
been less than enthusiastic about providing the EF Mass to those who desire it –
and I know of at least two groups in Idaho who fit into that neglected
Bishop Sample, as
Archbishop, will be able to exert some influence on these other bishops. He’ll
be able to set the standard, as well as offer fraternal episcopal support to
bishops who come under attack when they veer to the right on Church matters.
Think about it: Archbishop Sartain in Seattle has been fighting the good fight
against “gay marriage” in that state; he could use a vote of support from a
fellow archbishop! And of course there’s Archbishop Cordileone down south in
Could it be that the
Pacific Northwest might be on its way to becoming at least a little less of a
spiritual wasteland?! Let us hope and pray.
Please, keep Bishop Sample
in your prayers. He will need them in Portland.