Michael Campbell (bishop)

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Michael Campbell

Bishop of Lancaster
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed12 February 2008 (Coadjutor)
Installed1 May 2009
Term ended9 April 2018
PredecessorPatrick O’Donoghue
SuccessorPaul Swarbrick
Ordination16 September 1971
by Thomas Bernard Pearson
Consecration31 March 2008
by Patrick O’Donoghue
Personal details
Born (1941-10-02) 2 October 1941 (age 77)
Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous postCoadjutor bishop of Lancaster (2008-2009)
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
King's College London
MottoEcce nova facio omnia
Coat of armsMichael Campbell's coat of arms

Michael Gregory Campbell OSA (born 2 October 1941) is an Augustinian friar and biblical scholar. He is a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, who served as the Bishop of Lancaster in England from 2009 to 2018.


Campbell was born in Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland, in 1941 and entered the Order of St. Augustine around 1960. He was educated at University College, Dublin (BA) and King's College London (MA Biblical Studies). He professed solemn religious vows as a full and permanent member of the Order on 17 September 1966.[1] He was ordained as a Catholic priest at the chapel of Austin Friars School in the city of Carlisle on 16 September 1971.[2]

In 2008, Campbell was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the coadjutor bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster. He was consecrated by Patrick O'Donoghue, Bishop of Lancaster. He succeeded O'Donoghue on 1 May 2009.

On his 75th birthday in October 2016, in accordance with the Catholic Church's guidelines, Campbell submitted his resignation to the Vatican which was accepted by Pope Francis. Campbell has stated he will stay in office until a successor is appointed. In February 2018, it was announced that he would be succeeded as Bishop of Lancaster by Paul Swarbrick.[3]


  • A Shoot from the Stock of Jesse (2006)
  • Mary, Woman of Prayer (2007)
  • A Time to Seek the Lord (2008)
  • The Greatest of These is Love (2008)
  • The Way of the Cross with Saint Paul (2009)
  • You will be My Witnesses (2011)


  1. ^ "Bishop Michael Gregory Campbell, O.S.A." Catholic Hierarchy.
  2. ^ "Around Our Parishes October 2011: and Forty Years On ..." The Augustinian Friars in Britain. Archived from the original on 2015-05-05.
  3. ^ Gledhill, Ruth (12 February 2018). "Pope Francis appoints Canon Paul Swarbrick as new Bishop of Lancaster". Catholic Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2018.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Patrick O'Donoghue
Bishop of Lancaster
Succeeded by
Paul Swarbrick