Two new priests for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

June 27, 2024

Fr Gus, Bishop Richard and Fr Eddie stand before the altar in Arundel Cathedral, vested in white with red cross, smiling broadly.

Bishop Richard ordained Fr Eddie Hopkins and Fr Gus Campanallo to the Priesthood on Saturday 22 June, with members of clergy, religious, and many hundreds of lay people attending the Ordination Mass at Arundel Cathedral in person and online.

Edward Hopkins and Gustavo Campanello underwent formation at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh and Allen Hall in Chelsea, enjoying placements in a number of diocesan parishes to prepare themselves for the gifts and responsibilities of priestly ministry. Speaking during his homily, Bishop Richard said:

“This is a wonderful day in the life of our Diocese, and a wonderful day for the whole Church as you come to the moment of your Priestly Ordination. All of us present, and the many others who cannot be here today, support you in prayer as you embark upon the wonderful life that is a share in nothing less than the Priesthood of Jesus Christ Himself…
“The fulfilment that the priestly life brings, given in service, is beyond description. May your loving service bring warmth to hard hearts, the light of the Gospel to the darkened corners of our society and the presence of Christ – whose priests you are to be – to a world in need of the peace and fullness of life that only He can give.”

Gus first felt called to priestly ministry while preparing for his First Holy Communion as a child. Born to Italian parents, he grew up in Argentina, completing a degree in English Language before beginning a career as a teacher. He then moved to Europe and worked in Human Resources and project management before eventually settling in England. It was during this time that he revisited his calling to the priesthood and began the process of discernment and formation.

Speaking shortly before the Ordination Mass, Gus said:

“Deepening my relationship with the Lord and Our Blessed Mother at St John’s and Allen Hall has brought me great joy; it was through this growing relationship that I started becoming more aware of the magnitude of the gift of sharing in Christ's priesthood.” He added: “Cardinal Hume once said: ‘Priesthood is a lifetime of entering into the Holy of Holies, to worship God, to give him praise, to offer prayer for and on behalf of the whole Church. It is a lifetime spent washing the feet of others...’ This is what I have been called to do as a priest and this is what I'm looking forward to doing with God's grace.”

Eddie grew up in Surrey, attending Mass in the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord in Redhill, Reigate and Merstham. Like Gus, he began his working life in education, teaching English to immigrants and refugees before joining St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dorking as a Pastoral Assistant. Reflecting on what he was particularly looking forward to in his ministry as a newly ordained priest, Eddie said:

“Celebrating Holy Mass and hearing confessions are definitely the things I am most excited (and nervous) about. It will be wonderful as well to be part of a parish community and to begin to get to know everyone.”

Both priests celebrated their First Mass at their appointed parishes on Sunday; Fr Eddie at St Joseph’s Church in Guildford, and Fr Gus at St George’s Convent Chapel, Ditchling, in Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.

With thanks to Harry Robertson for the photographs of this Mass.