For all the years off and on that I lived in Washington, DC, I never once went to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Now, much of that time I wasn’t Catholic, so that doesn’t count. However, by the time of my final sojourn in the District I had come into the Church, yet somehow still never managed to get to the Basilica. But I could glimpse the dome from the subway window on my commute to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. That’s as close as I got.
But I’m interested in what goes on there, and especially this:
The Celebrant is the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland in Oregon. What isn’t mentioned on the Diocesan biography page is this:
“When Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum in 2007, then-Bishop Sample decided to learn on his own (my emphasis) 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…” (taken from The Paulus Institute announcement, here)