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Archbishop Sample to Offer Pontifical High Mass at National Shrine on April 28

Mark your calendars! I received word today from The Paulus Institute that Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon, will offer a pontifical Solemn Mass in the Traditional Rite at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, on Saturday, April 28, at 1PM. The occasion is the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum.

The text of the official announcement follows. See the PDF of the announcement here if you want a printable copy for sharing.


The Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample

Archbishop of Portland in Oregon

will be the celebrant of the pontifical Solemn Mass in the Traditional Roman Rite

commemorating the 10th anniversary of the issue by Pope Benedict XVI

of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum

to be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


His Excellency Archbishop sample was appointed Bishop of Marquette by Pope Benedict XVI on December 13, 2005. He is the first member of the American hierarchy to be born in the 1960s–in Kalispell, a scenic town in rugged western Montana. He chose as his motto Contemplare Vultus Christi –to look upon Christ’s face. On January 29, 2013, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.

His Excellency holds a licentiate in canon law from the pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the Angelicum), as well as a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

When Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum in 2007 then-Bishop Sample decided to learn on his own to celebrate the Traditional form of the Roman rite. In 2012 he announced he would offer the Mass approximately once a month on Sundays in his cathedral church. He has also ordained transitional deacons for the Fraternal Society of St. Peter in the Traditional form.

At the climax of the 2016 Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome, Archbishop Sample celebrated a pontifical Solemn Mass in the Traditional form at the faldstool at the altar of the Chair of St. Peter at the Basilica of Saint Peter.

The Paulus Institute recommends the video of his Excellency’s address at the 18th Cologne International Liturgical Conference, held at Herzogenrath on 29 March – 1 April 2017, which is available at:

and also his homily at the Brigittine Monastary of Our Lady of Consolation in Amity, Oregon, March 1, 2014, at:

see also the Paulus Institute at:

Donations to The Paulus Institute would be appreciated to offset the considerable expenses of the 2018 shrine mass — particularly for live video broadcast, professional photography, quires for musical accompaniment, etc., either by PayPal at our website, or by postal mail to:

The Paulus Institute
PO Box 201
Great Cacapon, WV 25422

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