Rev Father Andrew Campbell retires at 75 from priestly duties after 50 years service to God and mankind.
Rev Father Andrew Campbell has retired from priestly duties after 50 years of service to the Catholic church and to mankind at the age of 75.
He arrived in Ghana at the age of 25 from Ireland and he served as the Parish Priest of the Christ the King Parish for 12 years before his retirement.
The Christ the King church bade him farewell on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at a special mass to climax the 70th Anniversary celebrations of the Parish.
The mass was held at the forecourt of the church at Cantonments in Accra with the theme: “Celebrating our faith and love: Doing something beautiful for God”.
The Director of Pastoral Missions of the Accra Archdiocese of the Catholic Church, Rev. Father John Patrick Tindana in his speech summed it up saying, “Pastor Campbell brings love and hope to the poor and vulnerable”.
The farewell mass, which was packed to capacity 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.”
“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.
Rev. Father Campbell was 25 years old when he left his homeland 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 diligently served God and mankind with humility, passion and compassion.
Rev. Father Campbell in his farewell speech announced that he was going to set up a foundation called the “Father Campbell Foundation” after retirement. He therefore appealed to all those present at the farewell mass, and the good people of Ghana at large to support his foundation.