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After spending the past seven years as bishop of the Marquette Diocese, Reverend Sample has been appointed to the position of Archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI.
Sample will succeed Archbishop John Vlazny, who turned 75 years old, the canonical age of retirement for bishops, on February 2, 2012.
In a statement released today, Sample says he will leave the Church in the U.P. with a certain heaviness of heart and will profoundly miss the people, the clergy and religious of the diocese. Sample will remain as administrator of the Diocese of Marquette until his installation in Portland. At that time, the Diocesan College of Consultors will select a new diocesan administrator who will serve in Marquette until a successor is named by the Pope.
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