Pope Francis today named Rev. Roy Edward Campbell, Jr. pastor of St. Joseph Church in Largo, Md., as an auxiliary bishop of Washington. Bishop-elect Campbell will assist Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, who serves as spiritual leader to over 620,000 Catholics living in Washington, D.C. and suburban and southern Maryland. The role of an auxiliary bishop is to assist the diocesan bishop in meeting the pastoral needs of the diocese. Cardinal Wuerl released the following statement on the news from the Vatican this morning:
“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. Father Campbell, who was born, grew up, worked and served in this 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.”
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The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 95 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.
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