Fr Campion has been Parish Priest of the Holy Name, Jesmond since the end of August 2013.

Fr Campion 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 from 2013-2018 for the on-going formation in the Diocese of those ordained to the Permanent 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 Chablis.



  1. Thank you Father for all the services I have been able to take part in the last year . As I sit on a hillside overlooking Simonside I have followed the liturgy of Our Lord’s passion.
    I am so lucky that during the lockdowns I have lived with my niece in Rothbury. We have supported one another and enjoyed each other’s company .throughout the Panedemic . Seamus Heaney’ s words always helped me if I started to worry.
    Spring is my favourite season as it never fails to delight – flowers , buds on trees ,lambs and lighter evenings- even if it rains and is windy .
    Enjoy your Easter break , have a good rest .
    You deserve it
    Keep safe , well and smiling, Father !
    Maureen Gibbons


  2. Good Morning Fr Campion.
    I thank you sincerely for your Mass and homily this morning and your kind words at the end.
    My husband Andy and I who live in Troon in Ayrshire have been fortunate to be able take part via Live Stream some of your Masses since the restrictions began. We are so grateful for it and admire your beautiful Church.
    We are fortunate to have Live stream from various Churches in our Diocese. But it’s been a blessing and a joy to join you in your home Parish in Jesmond.

    Thank you. Stay safe and well.
    God bless you and your parishioners.
    Eileen (Brown)


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