Frederick Campbell, Bishop of Columbus: Life-long Catholic
Background: Life-Long Catholic/
October 10, 2011
His father was a Scottish Protestant and his mother, Polish Catholic. Frederick Campbell knew both worlds. It was his upbringing as a Catholic that formed his faith but his interaction with his father’s family and the school community in Elmira, NY provided him with an understanding of the other Christian traditions around him. From an early age, Frederick was instilled with the idea that God calls us to a life of holiness and a life of vocation. He was good in math and language but really began to see his gifts in history and teaching. Frederick liked the academic life and continued studying until achieving his doctorate. It was while serving as a professor at a state university in California that Frederick discerned a call to the priesthood. Ultimately, he was called to the episcopate. Today, Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell serves as the Bishop for the Diocese of Columbus.