Tuesday, December 13, 2005

A land of trees between two lakes

- Appointed Fr. Alexander King Sample of the clergy of Marquette, U.S.A., diocesan chancellor, as bishop of the same diocese (area 42,152, population 317,616, Catholics 68,360, priests 100, permanent deacons 28, religious 70). The bishop-elect was born in Kalispell, U.S.A. in 1960 and ordained as a priest in 1990. He succeeds Bishop James Henry Garland, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese, the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

The snippet is from the Vatican Information Service.

Father Sample, aside from being the diocesan chancellor, is also the head of the official effort for the canonization of Marquette's first bishop, Frederic Baraga. Here are his comments on Bishop Baraga, found here:

"He was way ahead of his time in respecting the language and culture of the Indian people," said Fr. Alex Sample, a diocesan priest, who is overseeing the cause, reported the Detroit Free Press.

Fr. Sample says prayers to Bishop Baraga recently helped a woman deliver a perfectly healthy baby, who was expected to have all sorts of medical problems and likely die. The Vatican has already approved as historically accurate a thick description of Baraga's missionary work in Michigan.

More of Father Sample's words on the subject can be found here.

Having been to the upper peninsula of Michigan several times for summer vacations, I can attest that it is beautiful country. In certain parts up toward Copper Harbor, the trees line the edge and overhang the road, creating green leafy tunnel. Bounded on the north by Lake Superior and on the south by Lake Michigan, the UP is somewhat isolated and enchanting in its isolation.

More information on the diocese
Diocese of Marquette - website

UP Catholic - newspaper

1st image: UP Catholic | 2nd image: Catholic Herald (Superior, WI)

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