- Rev Father Andrew Campbell has bowed out from priestly duties
- It comes 50 years after his service to the catholic church
- He arrived in Ghana at the age of 25 from Ireland
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Rev Father Andrew Campbell has retired from priestly duties at the age of 75. His retirement comes after 50 years of service to the Catholic Church.
He served as the Parish Priest of the Christ the King Parish for 12 years before his retirement.
The church bade him farewell on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at a special mass to climax the 70th-anniversary celebration of the Christ the King Parish.
The mass was held at the forecourt of the church at Cantonments in Accra on the theme: “Celebrating our faith and love: Doing something beautiful for God”.
“Pastor Campbell brings love and hope to the poor and vulnerable,” the Director of Pastoral Missions of the Accra Archdiocese of the Catholic Church, Rev. Father John Patrick Tindana said of Father Campbell.
The mass was attended by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and his wife, Samira, Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, the wife of the late former vice president, Matilda Amissah Arthur among others.
Addressing the mass, Dr. Bawumia described Father Campbell as “the Jubilee House Parish Priest and Chaplain.”
Father Campbell was 25 years old when he left his home in Ireland, left his church community, his mother, his father, and his entire family, and graced the shores of Ghana as a priest.
“For 50 years, he has contributed his quota to our society, be it in his vocation or going the extra mile. This, I can say, he has, in all propriety, done,” the vice president stated.
On behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Vice-President donated GH¢100,000 and a Kente cloth to Father Campbell and GH¢50,000 to the Parish.
Ghanaians have been reacting to some of the pictures of the mass shared by the vice president on Facebook.
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Albert Aheto stated: “Father Campbell, continue to pray for our country Ghana. Just had the sad news of a headteacher shot dead in his house at cape Coast. The insecurity is just on the increase!”
Evans Kimokton Lambon said: “Thank you very much the true leader of the republic! We always take delight in your religious tolerance and your versatility when it comes to discharging your duty as the second gentleman of the land.”
Honorata Nsomah Akanzinge observed: “God bless you for all the wonderful works and impact you have made in our society…truly you demonstrated God's love to us.”
Ebenezer Karbo added: “Ur tolerance, endurance, and respect for other faith makes u an exceptional leader who can be tolerated and accepted by all faith. May God guide Ur steps.”
Joyce Gyedu said: “Father, may the Lord bless you for your hard work, your love for mankind, and your kindness. It's sad to see you leave and you will be missed dearly. I believe you will be a great blessing for your new parish. What will be your next parish by the way? God bless you abundantly.”
Gabriel Awuku stated: “Wow... Another true servant of God retiring from the long service. I hope he will remain in Ghana till he dies. Such a selfless priest by all standards.”