Photograph of the Right Rev. Thomas Meier saying a pontifical high mass on Tuesday, August 14, 1934, during the Marian Congress. The congress was held in Portland from August 12-15, 1934. The clergy around Meier are unidentified. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 3 of the Oregon Journal on Wednesday, August 15, 1934. The photograph was published under the headline “New Abbot Says First Pontifical High Mass at Sanctuary.” The photograph had the following caption: “Unusual photograph taken at the open air altar of the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother [The Grotto] on Tuesday, when the new blessed abbot of St. Benedicts [sic] abbey, Mount Angel, the Right Rev. Thomas Meier, O. S. B., was saying his first pontifical high mass. He is shown here before the altar. He pontificated in his full pastoral robes by the special permission of the Most Rev. Edward D. Howard, archbishop of Portland in Oregon. Without this permission the abbot may not use all of his regalia outside his own domain, which are the abbey grounds.” Image note: The number 17 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image.