The Voice of the Shepherd

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Guiding the flock of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Archbishop Alexander Sample shares his views on faith, culture and life in the Church. This weekly program, hosted by Dina Marie Hale, will help guide you through the liturgical seasons, our daily struggles and victories, and towards a life lived more fully in Christ. Produced by the Archdiocese of Portland in collaboration with Mater Dei Radio.

Walking with Pilgrims
#294
Last Tuesday at 6:00 PM

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he reflects upon his recent visit to Lisbon, Portugal on the World Youth Day Pilgrimage sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland. Candidly, the Archbishop shares the joyful experiences he had traveling with the pilgrims. With nearly 1.5 million people in attendance for the closing Mass with Pope Francis, WYD is a key global event that sows great seeds of faith in the hearts of young people as they discern their vocation.  

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Moving Forward With Hope
#293
09/12/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample and in-studio guest, Douglas Markwell as they speak about the recent fire at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salem. One week following the August 31st church fire, Archbishop and Douglas discuss what it was like being on the scene that first morning of the fire, witnessing a tremendous display of Christian love and charity as the entire community came together to support the St. Joseph community in their time of great need. 

For more visit: www.archdpdx.org and https://stjosephchurch.com/. Douglas Markwell is the Director of Marketing, Communications & IT and involved with E...


What Is God Doing?
#292
08/15/2023

Portland Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith reflects on the powerful ways that God is working in today's world!

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The Ultimate Sacrifice
#291
08/08/2023

Join Bishop Peter Smith during this episode of the Voice of the Shepherd as he discusses the Living Bread of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. During this time in the Church of Eucharistic Revival, Bishop Smith explains the meaning behind sacrifice and why the Holy Eucharist is truly the source and summit of our Christian life.

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Joyful Missionary Disciples - The Hispanic Moment
#290
08/01/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample and special guest Fr. Mike Kueber, director of Hispanic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Portland, as they discuss the National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministries recently approved by the US Bishops at the Spring Plenary Assembly. Noting that nearly 30 million Catholics in the US are from Hispanic and Latino communities, Archbishop Sample and Fr. Kueber discuss how this national plan can support the Church in recognizing the many strengths the Hispanic and Latino culture brings to the US Catholic Church. They also discuss how this national plan can be implemented over time in Western Oregon to...


Ailments of the Soul
#289
07/25/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample and special guest, Msgr. John Cihak, pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church in Milwaukie, as they discuss the "Healing the Whole Person Weekend: begin presented in the Archdiocese of Portland, Nov. 30-Dec. 2nd. Archbishop Sample explains why he feels this healing ministry offered through the John Paul II Healing Center is a work of the Holy Spirit and is an essential movement in the Church for our times. Learn how you can also benefit from this life-changing program. Registration to attend this incredible conference opens August 28th at 7am. 

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The Winning Strategy
#288
07/18/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he reflects upon the topic of spiritual warfare and the real battle we are in against our greatest enemy and God's greatest enemy - the devil. The Archbishop discusses why we are at war and our enemy. Discover the only way to defeat God's enemy and what are the essential things we need to engage in spiritual warfare.

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Precious Body, Precious Blood
#287
07/11/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he explains the Catholic teaching and understanding of Transubstantiation in the Holy Eucharist. During the month of July, dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus, learn about the most tremendous gift given to us by Jesus Christ himself, which is the source and summit of the Christian life.  

For more: https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/, https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/transubstantiation-for-beginners

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The Beauty of Death
#286
07/04/2023

Join Bishop Peter Smith as he speaks about our Catholic Cemeteries operated by the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon answering questions such as: Why should I think about death, What does the Catholic Church teach about death? Why do I need a funeral? and What does it mean to have a proper burial? Discover real beauty found in death, dying and the resurrection as we ponder the good news of Jesus Christ. For more:  https://www.ccpdxor.com/our-staff

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Love Moves Us: The Joy of the Priesthood
#285
06/27/2023

Join Bishop Peter Smith as he speaks about the priesthood - from building priestly fraternity to ongoing priestly formation. Bishop Smith explores the roles and responsibilities of our ordained clergy and shares his recent experience at an Episcopal ordination with one of our local priests. 

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Celebrate Life
#284
06/20/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample and special guest, Msgr. Gerard O'Connor as they discuss the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in the Dobbs case to end Roe v. Wade in our country. They discuss the need for constant prayer and support for the most vulnerable in our society, particularly the unborn and invite us to look at our efforts to protect human life through a supernatural lens of faith.  

Msgr. O'Connor mentions a YouTube series produced by Mark Laita called "Soft White Underbelly."

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Enthronement of our Hearts and Home to Jesus
#283
06/13/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample and special guest, Msgr. Gerard O'Connor as they discuss the history and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Discover the beauty of our Catholic Faith through this powerful devotion and learn why we should enthrone our homes and family to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Msgr. O'Connor is the rector at St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and director of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.

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Amazing Grace
#282
06/06/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he discusses the beauty and mystery of Adoration. During this season of Eucharistic Revival in our country, the Archbishop explains the nature and purpose of adoration and why he desires more people to learn about and properly practice this unique form of prayer. With the Episcopal Motto: "To Contemplate the Face of Christ", the Archbishop shares how he first became aware of the practice of Adoration, and how the writings of Pope Saint John Paul II has greatly influenced his vocation and prayer life.  

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Called for a Purpose
#281
05/30/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he addresses the anxiety many people have today regarding their vocation and finding their purpose in life. Find out how to handle the distractions and uncertainties that we face in our lives, and what it means to discern God's plan for me. Plus, the Archbishop shares one of the best pieces of advice he has ever been given. 

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Veni Sancte Spiritus
#280
05/23/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he speaks about our life in the Holy Spirit and how to grow closer to the Holy Spirit through prayer. Acknowledging that we are living in the "age of the Church" he stresses how important it is for Christians to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Discover ways to unleash the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the Church.  

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On Hallowed Ground
#279
05/16/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he speaks about our Catholic Cemeteries and our hope for the resurrection as we mourn our faithful departed. He discusses why we must have reverence and respect for our bodies, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and what we believe will happen to our bodies and souls at the general resurrection. Discover the great wisdom found within our funeral rites and rituals and explore the ultimate sign for our hope, in the tomb of Christ.  

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The Great Commission
#278
05/09/2023

The Great Commission: Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he speaks about this year's Archbishops' Catholic Appeal and explains how the local Church in Western Oregon supports the mission and ministries for all parishes and missions in the Archdiocese. The Archbishop shares why the most important mission on earth is found in the work of the Church, bringing people to faith and life in Jesus Christ.

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Abundant Vocations Arise from Persistent Prayer
#277
05/02/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample with special guest Fr. Peter Julia, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Portland as they discuss: vocations, priestly discernment and working with seminarians. This springtime update provides candid insights on the current status of our seminarians. Discover how good communication, constant prayer, and walking with discerners, can result in leading more men to the priesthood.  

For more visit: archdpdxvocations.org.

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Our Sacred Space
#276
04/25/2023

Beauty in Our Sacred Space: Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he reflects upon the truth, beauty and goodness found in our sacred spaces of worship. Discover the critical role silence and beauty play in fostering our Catholic faith and in building our Catholic community. In this program Archbishop Sample recommends the book: The Power of Silence Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah https://ignatius.com/the-power-of-silence-posp/.

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Resurrection Response
#275
04/18/2023

The Resurrection: Join Archbishop Alexander Sample during the Easter Season as he reflects upon the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the life of all believers. Discover how the resurrection of Jesus is at the core of the kerygma.  

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A Man of Prayer
#274
04/04/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as we recognize his 10th anniversary as the Archbishop in the Archdiocese of Portland. The Archbishop reflects upon the early years of his episcopate in Western Oregon. He shares his desire for the people of Western Oregon to become more confident in their faith in Jesus and stand strong as a witness to the love and truth of the Gospel. 

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Triduum Sequence
#273
03/28/2023

Join Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith on this episode of the Voice of the Shepherd as he takes us through Holy Week day by day and what we can expect as we prepare for the great feast of Easter. Books mentioned in this program are: Catholicism for Dummies (Jan 2017) by Re. John Trigilio Jr. and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti and The Catholic Source Book by Rev. Peter Klein.  

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The Final Stretch
#272
03/21/2023

Join Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith on this episode of the Voice of the Shepherd as he discusses the journey for Catechumens preparing to receive the Sacraments during the Easter Vigil. He explains the process that many undergo during their final preparations to entering the Catholic Church.

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The Peak Experience
#271
03/14/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he speaks to the importance of the Sunday Mass and keeping the Lord's Day Holy. The Archbishop explains the significance to beginning our week with the Sunday Mass and what it really means to have full and active participation in the Holy Mass. 

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(From 2022) The Perfection of Love
#270
03/07/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he discusses the beauty of forgiveness. During his discussion, offered within the season of Lent, Archbishop Sample reflects upon the great mercy of God, our unworthiness of such a gift, and how we can respond to God's love. The Archbishop offers a practical and simple step-by-step method to approaching forgiveness in our personal lives - urging us to forgive and to return to the sacrament of reconciliation.

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Home Groups Nurture the Heart
#269
02/28/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he discusses the role of small groups or "home groups" within the Church. He explains the value of such groups based in the home or "Domestic Church" and encourages faithful Catholics to develop "home groups" as a genuine way to evangelize in our modern world.  

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The Archbishop's Playbook - The Kerygma
#268
02/21/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he explains the essential role the Kerygma plays in sharing our story of salvation and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Following his four-week invitation for parish priests to preach on the Kerygma, Archbishop Sample offers his reflection on how this preaching has impacted both priests and the faithful in Western Oregon. Learn about what Archbishop Sample refers to as his "Playbook" and hear how the Holy Spirit is working through our Bishops, Priests and the Laity in bringing souls to Jesus Christ. 

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Dating the Priesthood
#267
02/14/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he discusses discernment and vocation, commenting upon the recent Archbishop's Discernment retreat and his experience with discerners. The Archbishop unpacks core questions these men answer as they explore the call to the priesthood to become "a man for others." For more visit www.archdpdxvocations.org

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Seek Missionaries
#266
02/07/2023

Join Bishop Peter Smith as he recounts highlights of the recent SEEK23 FOCUS Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri. Bishop Smith explains the mission of FOCUS and their significant impact on college and university campuses across the country.

The conference is FOCUS‚Äô national conference, encouraging participants to explore what they truly seek: to learn about the faith, to share in friendship, to be encouraged in their unique vocation ‚ÄĒ and to experience the love, hope and very real presence of Jesus Christ through His Church.¬†For more information:¬†https://www.focus.org/what-we-do/conferences

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Clarity and Courage, Pope Benedict XVI
#265
02/01/2023

Join Dina Marie as she speaks with Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith about the life and legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.

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Kisses From Heaven
#264
01/24/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he discusses God's Grace in our lives.  In this episode he unpacks: What is Grace, why do we need Grace and how does Grace grow in our lives on our lifelong journey to heaven, our ultimate pilgrimage on earth.  Discover the real purpose and meaning of life in this inspiring discussion. 

For more: https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church. 

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Leaving A Legacy, Discerning The Priesthood
#263
01/16/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he discusses the annual Archbishop's priestly discernment retreat in January and his priority to support men who are discerning a priestly vocation. Gain a better understanding of what draws men to consider the priesthood, as well as their greatest fears. Learn how to help strengthen our Church by fostering more holy vocations to the priesthood. 

For more information: https://archdpdxvocations.org/, https://vianneyvocations.com/, http://serraportland.org/.

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Spiritual Resolutions
#262
01/10/2023

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample on this first program of the new year as he shares insights on the feast of Epiphany and the many manifestations of Christ revealed during the season. The Archbishop reflects upon the hope that only Christ can bring each one of us, as he challenges us to see the world through the eyes of Christ. Listen to discover the Archbishops' recommendation for your New Year's resolution. 

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I Love You, Lord: Honoring Pope Benedict XVI
#261
01/03/2023

Honoring the life of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he reflects upon the life and papacy of Pope Benedict XVI. Listen to the heart of our Shepherd as he discusses the great hallmarks of Pope Benedict XVI and discover the local connection to the Archdiocese of Portland and the production of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  

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Ringing in the New Year
#260
12/27/2022

Join Dina Marie as she speaks with Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith about preparing for the New Year and making resolutions that will make a difference in our souls and for our journey to heaven. Learn about the octave of Christmas and ways we can strive to keep Christ in Christmas. For more visit:  www.usccb.org/prayer-worship/liturgical-year, https://www.mountangelabbey.org/, www.olpretreat.org.

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God With Us
#259
12/20/2022

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample this week and get your heart ready for the season of light as we prepare for Christmas. This week the Archbishop reflects upon the coming of Christmas, and the reality that God came among us - Emmanuel. We will take a closer look at Midnight Mass and why God came to save the poor and lowly, meeting us where we are.   

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Restless Hearts
#258
12/13/2022

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample this week as he discusses the great need in the Church to accompany young adults in their daily lives. Discover some of the ways the Church can better direct her efforts in serving the needs of our young adult population in hopes of leading them into meaningful relationships with one another, with the Church community, and with Jesus Christ.   

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The Advent Mission
#257
12/06/2022

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample this week as he reflects upon the true meaning of Advent, explains the four comings of Christ, and uncovers God's "rescue mission" for all of humanity. A perfect program to set you on the right course during the season of Advent. For more: https://evangelization.archdpdx.org/advent.

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A Gathering of Shepherds
#256
11/29/2022

Join Archbishop Alexander Sample as he reflects upon highlights from the November USCCB plenary assembly in Baltimore. Among the topics discussed: updates to the Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship document pertaining to Catholic civic responsibility, an update on the war in Ukraine, and WYD 2023 and Eucharistic Revival celebrations. For more visit: https://www.usccb.org/resources/forming-consciences-faithful-citizenship-pdf, https://archdpdx.org/eucharist

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Prepare The Way
#255
11/22/2022

Join Dina Marie as she speaks with Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith about the upcoming season of Advent. Discover beautiful insights on this season of hope and joy as we prepare our hearts and home for the coming of Christ at Christmas

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