Fr Michael Campion
Fr Campion has been Parish Priest of the Holy Name, Jesmond since the end of August 2013. He was accompanied to Jesmond by his rescue dog, a Jack Russell cross, who answers enthusiastically to the name Chablis.
A native of Rathdowney, County Laois, Ireland, Michael John Campion was born in 1950 and educated at Cistercian College, Roscrea. He studied for the priesthood at St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny and was ordained priest at St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, in 1975.
Fr Campion served as Assistant Priest at St Joseph’s, Hartlepool (1975-80), St Charles, Gosforth (1980-88) and Holy Family, Darlington (1988-91) before becoming parish priest of St Gregory’s, South Shields in 1991.
Fr Campion was appointed Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, in August 1997 and served there until 2006. During this time he initiated and completed the successful fundraising campaign for the restoration of the Pugin Grade I building and oversaw the development of the Cathedral, its facilities and services, as well as promoting the role of the Cathedral in the spiritual, pastoral and cultural life of the city.
Following an absence from ministry due to a back injury in 2006, Fr Campion was appointed Parish Priest of St Mary & St Joseph’s, Newton Aycliffe in February 2008. He also became Parish Priest of St Thomas’ Church, Shildon in 2011, and led the amalgamation of the two parishes into the new Parish of the Holy Family in 2012.
Fr Campion is a former Trustee of St Cuthbert’s Care, the diocesan social welfare agency, and was Chairman of the charity from 2004 to 2015.
In addition to his responsibilities at Holy Name, Fr Campion was responsible until 2018 for the on-going formation in the Diocese of those ordained to the Permanent Diaconate. This role is now being undertaken by a member of the Diaconate.
Interested in all the arts, Michael Campion’s principal commitments are to music and literature. As a keen sportsman, his favourite hobby is golf and he also is very interested in football, horse racing, travel and walking.