Rev. Fr Patrick Joseph Campbell
Teacher / Playwright / Missionary
This Priest worked at worldwide missions from Ireland to the U.S.A. England to Africa.
Patrick Joseph Campbell was born on 7 January 1920 in Swinford, Co. Mayo. Following his initial studies, he attended the Kilshane Novitiate in Co. Tipperary from 1938 to study at second level. During 1942 he attained his BA at UCD. He prefected at Blackrock College for a year prior to his Ordination in 1946.
Fr. Campbell was appointed during 1947 to Tanganika, now known as Tanzania. Later he was transferred to the Kilmanjaro area until 1954. He taught in St. James’ Junior Seminary at Kibosho, also worked at the Mission in Moshi.
Fr. Campbell returned to Ireland to study for his H. Dip ED. Then he was appointed to St. Mary’s, Rathmines, Dublin. From 1958 to 1966 he taught at Rockwell College. While there he composed plays for the students he also acted as producer. He was remembered for some notable sermons given in Rockwell where he challenged accepted attitudes in high places in the church.
From 1966 to 1973 Fr. Campbell worked in different ministries in Senegal, Ireland, England and the USA.
Back in Ireland in 1974 he was appointed to Kimmage Manor Community to July 1991 when ill health forced him to retire to Marian House.
Aged eighty – one years, Fr. Campbell died in Dublin on April 15th, 2001 he was interred in Dardistown Cemetery.