At a March 8 press conference, Cardinal Donald Wuerl congratulations Bishop-elect Roy E. Campbell, who was named that day by Pope Francis to be an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington. (CS PHOTO BY JACLYN LIPPELMANN)
At a March 8 press conference, Cardinal Donald Wuerl congratulations Bishop-elect Roy E. Campbell, who was named that day by Pope Francis to be an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington. (CS PHOTO BY JACLYN LIPPELMANN)

Because he was born and raised in the Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop-elect Roy Campbell said as a bishop for his home archdiocese, he will serve people whom he has known his entire life.

“These (the people of the Archdiocese of Washington) are my brothers and sisters and I have literally grown up with them,” he said. “Knowing them and their concerns will help me help them.”

Speaking to the Washington media just hours after Pope Francis named the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Largo as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop-elect Campbell said, “Your call is to serve God’s people. I will serve people I’ve known my whole life.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, introducing the bishop-elect at a March 8 press conference at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, said Washington’s new auxiliary bishop “bears witness to the richness of diversity of this archdiocese that we see clearly see in the laity, religious, clergy and episcopate.”

“We are just blessed,” Cardinal Wuerl said of Bishop-elect Campbell’s appointment, adding that the new bishop “represents our African-American heritage.”

Thanking Cardinal Wuerl for his guidance, Bishop-elect Campbell referred to the cardinal as “a spiritual father” and promised “by the grace of God, I will do what I am called to do.”

“I do not feel I am worthy of this honor and I am humbled by it,” the bishop-elect said. He added that through his prayers to Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin Mary, “I know I can do what I am called to do.”

Looking back over the past 10 years as a priest, Bishop-elect Campbell said, “I have been happy in that role, and – as a matter of fact – every morning I thank God for His call.”

He added that as a priest, “I have always loved the people I serve.”

Cardinal Wuerl noted that in the 10 years since he ordained Bishop-elect Campbell to the priesthood, he was impressed that the new bishop “always had a great devotion to the people he is called to serve. He is essentially a pastor of souls.”