Jeff Campbell, serves as Director of the Catholic Commission of Summit County, part of the Diocesan Social Action Office and Catholic Charities-Diocese of Cleveland. His main roles include: sharing Catholic Social Teaching with local parishes and schools; engaging Catholics in ministries and initiatives serving the poor and vulnerable; and building solidarity and advocacy on issues impacting Catholic Social Teaching in society.
Prior to Summit County, Jeff worked as Director of the Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland, Medina and Diocesan Rural Life Outreach. He has served in the Social Action Office for nearly 12 years, including seven years previously with the Catholic Action Commission of Lorain County. From 2008 to early 2015, he served as Parish Social Mission Director at a vibrant Jesuit parish in Cincinnati, where he supported the parish’s integration of faith, discipleship, respect life, justice, solidarity and care for creation. Jeff has worked over 25 years in faith-formation and Catholic Social Teaching ministry. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Dayton, a Catholic and Marianist university, in history/urban studies and Catholic social ethics. He grew up in nearby Canton and has called northeast Ohio home most of his life.
Since Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home was promulgated in May 2015, Jeff has led the Social Action Office’s implementation of Laudato Si’ and care for God’s creation with parishes, schools and our communities. He has presented on Laudato Si’ to parishes and schools Diocesan-wide, including high school and primary faculty in-services on integrating it into each academic department. He has found that many parishes seem unsure how to talk about the encyclical’s vision of integral ecology and care for God’s creation. Jeff will discuss Laudato Si’s essential themes, misconceptions about it, and applying its broad vision to our faith formation, parishes and daily life