Erie Benedictines name Dr. J. Michael Campbell 2020 Prophet of Peace

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie presented their annual Prophet of Peace Award to Dr. J. Michael Campbell for the extraordinary manner in which he has used his gifts for the good of creation. Dr. Campbell’s efforts have resulted in contributions that are both significant and far-reaching. His work is indeed a pursuit of justice and peace that is rooted in reverence and respect for all of creation and his contributions to environmental justice and sustainability are notable.

"We are called to responsible management of human activity affecting the natural environment; we are called ensure the conservation and preservation of natural resources and values for the sake of future generations of humans and all creation," said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. "This evening we honor a man who understands that responsibility—a man who has lived his care for creation with significant and dedicated efforts."

Dr. Mike Campbell, a professor of biology at Mercyhurst University, has shared his passion for Lake Erie and for environmental justice with a generation of students and the broader community. He models the sustained detailed community involvement that creates change. He and his wife, Anne, are parents to four children and also have three grandchildren. Dr. Campbell serves as an Elder and Clerk of Session for the Belle Valley Presbyterian Church. He considers his life-long faith to be the primary source of strength and motivation for his professional, community and family service. In accepting the award, Dr. Campbell said: "I did not do this alone. Colleagues, family, friends and faith helped and supported me. I thank you for this honor."

Click here to read about Dr. Campbell’s particular contributions, Sister Anne's reflections and the award presentation.