Sister Assumpta Campbell, O.P.
Sister Assumpta was born at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Texas. She has wonderful memories of her parents and six siblings growing up in the Houston area, “We were a close family”. She was educated by Dominican sisters at All Saints Catholic School, Assumption Catholic School and St. Agnes Academy in Houston. “It was the kindness of my first grade teacher, “ Sister Assumpta says, that inspired her to enter the convent.
In 1953 Sister Assumpta entered Sacred Heart Convent. For twenty years she served in community ministry for the Dominican Sisters in various locations, including St. Agnes Academy and the Motherhouse.
Sister Assumpta also served as teaching assistant at St. Peter of the Apostle Catholic School for a few years before moving to the School of Environmental Education, otherwise known as Camp Kappe.
She has wonderful memories of her thirteen years teaching outdoor education there. “The work at Camp Kappewas extremely important. It has been a privilege for me being able to foster the understanding of young children and to teach them about the importance of caring for the environment.”
After serving as teacher at the School of Environmental Education, Sister Assumpta went into ministry at the Circle Lake Family Retreat Center, where she coordinated the facility operations for seven years.
For the past eleven years Sister Assumpta has served at St. Mary’s parish in Taylor, Texas, ministering to the elderly and homebound of the parish and community. She spends her days visiting parishioners in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the area. “It is a real privilege to do this work. They just like to have someone visit with them and I just try to make them smile.” It is with great love and devotion that sister talks about her ministry work. “They give me hope and teach me what I believe to be true, which is to take each day as it comes and not worry about getting older.”
Sister Assumptaplans to continue her ministry in Taylor. When she has time for herself she enjoys art and spending timeoutdoors with nature and animals.
From notes submitted by Sister Assumpta Campbell, O.P. 2014.