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New priest coming to campus

The Rev. Bernard J. Campbell, CSP, spiritual leader of the Tech Catholic Community (TCC) and an MIT religious counselor since 1986, will leave the Institute this summer for a new assignment.

He will be succeeded by the Rev. Thomas J. Holahan, CSP, who since 1986 has been director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, OH.

Both men are members of the Paulist Fathers, the first order of priests founded in America. The Paulists have been at MIT since 1945.

The TCC is planning farewell activities for Father Campbell on Sunday, May 14. There will be a Mass followed by brunch, both in the Sala de Puerto Rico, starting at 10am. The MIT community is invited, said Sister Mary Karen Powers, RSM, also a TCC chaplain.

Father Holahan, who was visiting MIT last week, said he sees "the culturally varied, international faith community here as a vital resource for students." He said he is especially interested in "interfaith dialogue and workplace spirituality."

The new MIT chaplain, ordained in 1977, holds the BA degree in philosophy (1972) from Manhattan College, the MA in theology (1976) from Catholic University of America and the MA in communications management (1982) from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.

Father Holahan served as campus minister from 1976-79 at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1979 to 1981 he was a creative consultant to Paulist Productions in Los Angeles working on television scripts for adult and teenage audiences. He was development director for the Center for Communications Ministry in Los Angeles from 1981-83, when he became director of communications for the Diocese of Austin. He held that post until 1985 when he was assigned to be director of communications in Columbus.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 26, 1995.

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