Chancellor of Marquette Diocese named bishop; Bishop Garland retires
Published: December 13, 2005
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Father Alexander K. Sample, chancellor of the Diocese of Marquette, Mich., has been appointed bishop of the diocese by Pope Benedict XVI. The pope also accepted the resignation of Marquette Bishop James H. Garland, 74, who has headed the diocese since 1992. The changes were announced in Washington Dec. 13 by Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop-designate Sample is to be ordained Jan. 25 in ceremonies at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. At age 45, he will be the youngest bishop in the country. Born Nov. 7, 1960, in Kalispell, Mont., he was ordained a priest June 1, 1990, following studies at St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Before entering the seminary he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton. In 1996 he earned a licentiate in canon law from the Angelicum University in Rome.
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