James Campbell SJ
I am a Jesuit priest and was brought up in Glasgow and my Catholic education under the Marist Brothers in Glasgow instilled in me a deep sense of working for the common good and social justice. Before going to university I had a few different jobs and after trying them out I finally settled into one which I thought worthwhile and rewarding and I enjoyed a decade-long career studying and working in environmental management, specialising in pollution control. As a result of winning First Prize in an essay competition by the Royal Society on the legal implications of European environmental policies I was invited to the European Union’s policy unit. However my life was changed by the grace of God and I entered the Jesuit novitiate in Birmingham in 1986.
After taking First Vows I was missioned to read PPE as a Senior Scholar at Oxford, completed the degree in two years, and was again awarded First Prize in the Eisenhower Centennial Essay Competition in 1990. Theology studies followed, including a year reading Russian and Greek theology at the Catholic University of Leuven where I was awarded an M.A. I was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Thomas Winning in Glasgow in 1996 and I think I am the only Jesuit ever to be so ordained by a Cardinal in Scotland, which is a nice thought.
My first mission after ordination was to Stonyhurst College as Chaplain, a post I held for three years. I have had a wide range of other pastoral experiences in hospitals, parishes and chaplaincies, including Farm Street Church in London and Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy. I was Assistant Superior, Dean of Degrees, and Tutor in Canon Law at Campion Hall, Oxford University until 2017. I am now Deputy Principal and Senior Lecturer in Canon Law at Hekima College in Nairobi.
I have held several ecclesiastical posts, including that of Judge. I have published widely and act as a canonical consultant. I was awarded the joint JCD/PhD in Canon Law from KU Leuven on 6 June 2017 and I would like to thank all the members of the province who contacted me to offer encouragement and support. My other interests include drama and music.