On Wednesday last, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Fr. Roy Edward Campbell, Jr., a former vice-president for Bank of America, as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington.
“All of us in the Archdiocese are deeply grateful that our Holy
Father, Pope Francis, has named Father Roy Campbell to be an auxiliary
bishop in our Church of Washington,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop
of Washington, said in a statement March 8.
Father Campbell, who was born, raised and who has worked and served
in the archdiocese, “brings to his new ministry recognized talent and
demonstrated ability. He also bears witness to the great cultural and
ethnic richness of the Church of Washington reflected in all of the
faithful, lay, religious and clergy.”
“Personally I look forward to continuing to work closely with our new
auxiliary bishop, who over the years has made significant contributions
to the pastoral life of this archdiocese,” he said.
Fr. Campbell, 69, had a 33-year long career with Bank of America,
beginning as a teller and working his way up to vice president and
“Project Manager” before taking an early retirement in 2002 to follow a
Born on Nov. 19, 1947, in southern Maryland, the Campbell was raised
in D.C. and was interested in the priesthood as a child, but never
committed to entering the seminary.
After high school he attended and graduated from Howard University in
1969 and later received a master’s degree in banking from the
University of Virginia, working in the retail banking industry in the
Washington-Baltimore area until taking an early retirement in 2002.
He was an active Catholic both in parishes and the broader
Washington-area community, serving as a lector and usher and as a member
on the Pastoral and Finance Councils at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart.
An encounter with a homeless man in December 1995, prompted him to
reflect on his relationship with Jesus, and as a result he entered the
archdiocese’s permanent diaconate program in 1999. He entered the
seminary in January 2002, and was ordained a priest May 26, 2007.
Since his ordination, bishop-elect Campbell has been parochial vicar
and pastor at several parishes. He said in a video interview for the
Archdiocese of Washington that “the Lord himself has bestowed upon me
through the Holy Father,” a great honor by the appointment.
“The only thing I was looking forward to doing in answering our
Lord's call is to be a priest for his people. To love and serve those
who he's called me to,” he continued.
“And if he's calling me to serve on a larger scale than a parish, as a
bishop, then I know I will have his grace, his direction, and his love
to help me do so. So, outside of that, what it will entail, I will find