Obituary: Mass for former Franciscan missionary
Phillip Bernard Campbell 1929-2003
The Archbishop of Port Moresby, Archbishop Sir Brian Barnes, and Bishop Anthony Burgess of Wewak diocese in Papua New Guinea led several priests who concelebrated a Thanksgiving Mass for the life of Phillip Bernard Campbell.
Archbishop Barnes and several of the priests at the Mass, at Corpus Christi Church in Waratah, in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, are Franciscan friars.
Phil Campbell belonged to their order for 16 years.
Some of that time was spent in New Zealand as an army chaplain.
The rest - 13 years - he spent as a missionary in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
His cousin, Bishop Burgess, spoke briefly at the Mass of God’s call to Phil to the Franciscan order with his brother, Fr Paul Campbell.
Four years after he left the order Phil Campbell met his wife-to-be, Patricia Healy.
Their two sons, Solomon and Benjamin, in delivering the eulogy, spoke of their father’s strong faith, and described him as a patient, devoted and loyal husband and father - “a well-read educated man, a diplomatic peacemaker and big in all ways of giving love and understanding”.
The parish priest at Corpus Christi, Fr Barry Tunks, said Phil reminded him of a Roman senator because of his stature and his strong voice.