Statement Regarding Monsignor Hugh P. Campbell

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia
May 20, 2012

Monsignor Hugh P. Cambell, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been found not suitable for ministry following self-reported sexual abuse of a minor. Monsignor Campbell made this report in December 2011 at which time he was placed on administrative leave. Since then he has not been permitted to exercise his public ministry, wear clerical garb, or present himself publicly as a priest. This was reported to law enforcement.

Following Archbishop Chaput's determination of unsuitability for ministry, Monsignor Campbell has agreed to accept a supervised life of prayer and penance. An announcement regarding this situation was made this weekend at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish in West Chester, his most recent assignment prior to retirement. Counselors were present.

On May 4th, Archbishop Chaput announced resolutions to eight of the 26 cases of priests on administrative leave as a result of the February 2011 Grand Jury report. The announcement regarding Monsignor Campbell is not connected to those cases.

Monsignor Campbell is 77 years old. He was ordained in 1961. He served at the following parishes and schools: Nativity B.V.M., Media (1961-1966); Saint Agnes, West Chester (1966-1968); Newman Chaplain at West Chester University (1968-1986); Newman Chaplain at Chester County Hospital School of Nursing (1968-1986); Newman Chaplain at Cheyney University (1971-1986); Saint Maximilian Kolbe, West Chester (1986-2007). Monsignor Campbell retired in 2007 and moved to a private residence.

We recognize that this public notice may be painful to victims of sexual violence. If you need support or assistance, victim services are available to you through the Victim Assistance Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or

If you would like to report an allegation of sexual abuse, contact your local law enforcement agency and/or the Archdiocesan Office for Investigations at 1-800-932-0313.



Donna Farrell

Director of Communications



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