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Father Michael Campbell was born April 7, 1918 in Ballug, Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland. He was the sixth of nine children born to Mr. and Michael H. Campbell, both of whom where National School teachers. After attending his mother's school at Rathcor and his father's school at Grange, he went to St. Patrick's College in Armaugh. After five years he entered St. Patrick's College, Carlow to study for the priesthood. On June 6, 1943 he was ordained to the priesthood in Monaghan Cathedral by the Most Reverend Eugene O'Callahan (7 January 1888 died 21 May 1973), Bishop of Clogher.

Difficult transportation during the war years delayed his arrival Natchez until March 24, 1944. He was appointed assistant at St. Paul's Church in Vicksburg upon his arrival and remained there until November 1949. He was then transferred to st. Mary's at Jackson to be assistant to the pastor. He remained there until 1951 when he was appointed as pastor at St. John's in Oxford, Mississippi.

In January 1954 Father was appointed pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brookhaven where he remained until September 1955 when he was appointed pastor of St. Therese in Jackson.

Bishop Howze reflecting on his appointment in 1977 as Bishop in the newly established Biloxi Diocese mentions the priests who were so helpful to him, including Msgr. Campbell.

A few images from the St. Therese Archives lovingly assembled by many hands over five decades of parish life.
Msgr. Michael
First Pastor