Frederick F. Campbell

Frederick Francis Campbell (born August 5, 1943) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. Campbell served as the Bishop of Columbus in Ohio from 2005 to 2019 and as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis from 1999 to 2004.

Frederick Francis Campbell
Bishop Emeritus of Columbus
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
AppointedOctober 14, 2004
InstalledJanuary 13, 2005
Term endedMarch 29, 2019
PredecessorJames Anthony Griffin
SuccessorRobert J. Brennan
OrdinationMay 31, 1980
by John Roach
ConsecrationMay 14, 1999
by Harry Joseph Flynn, John Roach, and Joseph Charron
Personal details
Born (1943-08-05) August 5, 1943 (age 79)
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Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Early life and educationEdit

The second of six children, Frederick Campbell was born in Elmira, New York, to Edward and Dorothy Campbell.[1] He studied at St. Lawrence University, obtaining a Bachelor of Foreign Language degree magna cum laude in 1965. In 1967, Campbell received a Master's degree at Ohio State University, and in 1973 a Doctor of History degree.[1]

From 1967 to 1969, Campbell taught at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. In 1970, he was appointed an assistant professor of history at California State University, San Bernardino. Campbell decided to pursue the priesthood in 1976, entering St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota.[1]


Campbell was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis by Archbishop John Roach on May 31, 1980.[2]

After ordination, Campbell served as an associate pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in St. Anthony, Minnesota, until 1987, and then as pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Hopkins, Minnesota, from 1987 to 1994.[1] From 1991 to 1994, Campbell was also canonical administrator of John Ireland School in Hopkins. He then served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in West St. Paul, Minnesota until 1999.[1]

Episcopal careerEdit

Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and MinneapolisEdit

On March 2, 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed Campbell as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Titular Bishop of Afufenia. He was installed and consecrated on May 14, 1999 by Archbishop Harry Flynn, with Roach and Bishop Joseph Carron serving as co-consecrators, at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota.[2]

In July 2002, Campbell became rector and vice-president of Saint Paul Seminary in St. Paul He served on the seminary's Board of Trustees and on the board of directors for St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, Minnesota and for St. Bernard School in St. Paul. Campbell also served on the Archdiocesan Bio-Medical Ethics Commission and worked with the Office of Marriage and Family Life, the Respect Life Program, and the Office for the Permanent Diaconate.[1]

Bishop of ColumbusEdit

On October 14, 2004. Pope John Paul II appointed Campbell as the eleventh Bishop of Columbus, Ohio, .[3] He was installed on January 13, 2005 by Archbishop Harry Joseph Flynn.[2]

In 2005, Campbell proposed the establishment of a civil registry of priests from the diocese of Columbus who had been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse.[4] Campbell spoke out in 2006 against a proposed law in the Ohio General Assembly that would have allowed a 20 year statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases. In his testimony to the legislature, Campbell claimed that the 20 year for prosecution window wasn't fair and would curtail the church's charitable work. In the end, the Assembly passed the legislation with a 10 year window.[5][6]

On March 30, 2009, Campbell had his left leg amputated below the knee after doctors diagnosed him with squamous cell carcinoma.[7] He also had osteomyelitis, an infection, in multiple bones in his foot, and an open wound that would not heal.[7]

On August 17, 2018, Campbell and the Diocese of Columbus were named in a $2 million lawsuit by Kevin Heidtman, a former student at St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus. Heidtman alleged that he was sexually molested on at least six separate occasions at the school by Monsignor Thomas Bennett between 2002 and 2003. Bennett died in 2008. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants, including Campbell, became aware of Bennett's alleged molestation of the student, but failed to take any action. [1] [2][3][8] After Heidtman filed suit, two other students came forward with accusations again Bennett. On February 8, 2019, Heidtman's attorney filed a motion to force the Diocese to release all their sexual abuse files; the Diocese opposed it.[9] On March 1, 2019, the Diocese released a list of priests with sexual abuse allegations.[10]


Pope Francis accepted Campbell's letter of resignation as Bishop of Columbus on January 31, 2019.[11] Campbell was subsequently appointed Apostolic Administrator for the diocese and remained in that role until the installation of Bishop Robert J. Brennan as the new Bishop of Columbus on March 29, 2019.[12][13] He continues to serve in the Diocese of Columbus, and serves as a professor at the Pontifical College Josephinum, teaching primarily history. [14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bishop Campbell". Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus.
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop Frederick Francis Campbell".
  3. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 14.10.2004" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. October 14, 2004. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  4. ^ Provance, Jim (December 26, 2005). "Church proposes molestation registry". The Toledo Blade.
  5. ^ King, Danae. "Ohio's abuse laws 'backward'". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  6. ^ "Bishop says opening window for old abuse cases isn't fair". The Blade. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Heagney, Meredith (March 27, 2009). "Columbus bishop will have leg amputated Monday". The Columbus Dispatch.
  8. ^ "Former St. Charles Student Files Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Abuse". WOSU News. August 16, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  9. ^ "bishop frederick campbell abuse - Google Search". Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  10. ^ "Frederick F. Campbell", Wikipedia, November 4, 2021, retrieved December 9, 2021
  11. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 31.01.2019" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. January 31, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  12. ^ New Bishop Appointed for the Diocese of Columbus following resignation of Bishop Fredrick Campbell
  13. ^ "New York Bishop officially installed as 12th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus". March 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "'Thank God for our senior priests!'". The Catholic Times. Retrieved August 17, 2022.

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Episcopal successionEdit

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Columbus
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Succeeded by