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By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 13, 2005

The Bishop of Marquette, Michigan, James Garland, due to retire next December, has resigned under of the provisions of Canon 401 §2. The Holy See has appointed 45-year-old Fr. Alexander Sample as the next bishop.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 14, 2005 9:59 PM ET USA

    Fr. Sample was the director for the Bishop Baraga Association, which is concerned with promoting the cause for canonization of the holy Baraga. Any priest who would devote his time in the pursuit of this saintly man's cause has to be on the right page.

  • Posted by: Fr. Zuhlsdorf o{]:¬) - Dec. 14, 2005 8:34 AM ET USA

    I am quite pleased by the appointment of Bishop Elect Alex Sample. He is a fine priest and gentleman, whom I have known for many years. He will be a blessing for his diocese. Also, he will be the youngest bishop in the USA, at 45 years. Do pray for him and more bishops like him (even if they are older).

  • Posted by: Andy K - Dec. 13, 2005 7:14 PM ET USA

    Greetings, all, Does not Canon 401 §2 permit health purposes, such as intensive cancer treatment? Until we know more details, we are to be charitable.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 13, 2005 5:54 PM ET USA

    In California we dont pray for fewer episcopal vacancies.

  • Posted by: Trent-on - Dec. 13, 2005 8:53 AM ET USA

    This is a great choice for new bishop of Marquette. But I always wonder how some replacements happen so quickly, and other sees(Youngstown, e.g.) seem vacant forever.

  • Posted by: Neri - Dec. 13, 2005 8:34 AM ET USA

    Is this a good appointment? Another canonist, though! Episcopal appointments in the USA are slow in coming (probably for VERY good reasons). Nashville is still waiting....and of course DC could use a new bishop.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 13, 2005 8:33 AM ET USA

    Judy Garland wore red shoes.

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