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Pope Names Priest as New Auxiliary Bishop of Washington

March 8, 2017
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Roy E. Campbell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, as an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese. Father Campbell, 69, currently serves as pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Largo, Maryland. 

The appointment was publicized in Washington, March 8, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Roy E. Campbell was born November 19, 1947. He pursued degrees in zoology, anthropology, chemistry (1965-1969) and bank management (1992), before entering Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, (2003).

He was ordained a priest on May 26, 2007. Assignments after ordination included: parochial vicar at St. Augustine Church, Washington, 2007-2008; pastoral and sacramental care of the African-American community at Immaculate Conception Parish, 2007-2008; pastor at Assumption Parish, Washington, 2008-2010; pastor at Saint Joseph Church, 2010-present.

Other assignments at the Archdiocese of Washington include: member of the Archdiocesan Formation Board, 2010-2014; member of the Clergy Personnel Board, 2010.

The Archdiocese of Washington comprises 2,104 square miles in the District of Columbia. It has a total population of 2,949,512 people of which 646,892 or 22 percent, are Catholic. Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been the archbishop of Washington since 2006. The archdiocese currently has two active auxiliary bishops, Bishop Barry C. Knestout and Bishop Mario Dorsonville, and one retired auxiliary bishop, Bishop Francisco Gonzáles Valer. S.F.

Keywords: bishop appointment, Pope Francis, Bishop-elect Roy E. Campbell, Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, auxiliary, Archdiocese of Washington

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