Week 33– July 13, 2015
Entered -- August 2003
Took Vows -- August 2005
Ordained -- June 2012
Fr. Campagnoli currently serves on mission to two parishes in Pavia, in the region of Lombardy, Italy -- Sts. Peter & Paul (Pancarana) and St. Ambrose (Cervesina).
"What makes me happy to be a religious today?"
Today being a religious is a countercultural choice apparently incompatible with the pursuit of happiness. In fact, the general perception of happiness associates it with the possession of material things satisfying the desire for a comfortable life.
However, if happiness is seen as the joy of being in relationship with the Person who provides the authentic meaning of human life, then religious life becomes instrumental in the pursuing true happiness.
Following my personal encounter with Jesus Christ my notion of happiness shifted from the preservation of a comfortable life to the continuous movement of "exodus" from myself toward the conformation to the person of Christ. In this process of conformation to Christ, the imitation of Jesus poor, chaste and obedient has become crucial for deepening my knowledge of the mystery of Christ. Therefore, religious life centered on the evangelical councils provides the ideal background for being in close relationship with Christ, the true source of happiness. In addition to sharing in with Christ' lifestyle, religious life makes it easier to cooperate with Christ's mission by imitating the lifestyle of the early Christian communities.
Being a religious sharing resources and life with others who have been similarly called to be Christ's disciples sustains and provides credibility to the mission of proclaiming the good news of the Gospel in an increasingly individualistic world. In my present ministry as a pastor faithful to the vows off chastity, poverty and obedience, I have experienced the joy of providing a credible witness to the Gospel values that helped some parishioners live their Catholic faith in a more authentic and altruistic manner.