It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Fr. Colm Campbell in Belfast today (6/9/2015). Emigrant chaplain, spiritual leader, friend to all and organizational guide, Fr. Colm led the formalization of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) as a 501(c)(3) charity in 2003 and served as its President through late 2004. It was Colm’s great focus, energy and commitment as well as his strategic visioning that enabled the CIIC to become the national leader on Irish emigrant welfare in the US today.
“Fr. Colm was a driving force throughout his ministry. From his time in Andersonstown during the Troubles to his time as Emigrant Chaplain in New York and Pennsylvania and finally his legacy – the foundation of the New York Irish Center in Long Island City, nothing stopped Colm. With his quiet Belfast accent and his strong commitment to justice, Fr. Colm convinced the inconvincible that change was possible and necessary. We are grateful to have had him lead our organizational development and serve as our President before handing a strong, vibrant and energetic collaborative to successive leaders and Boards” said CIIC President, Celine Kennelly. “It has been our collective privilege to build on his good foundation.”