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Rev. Alfred Louis 'Al' Camp

Reflector • Sep 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM

MADISON, MISS. — Rev. Alfred Louis "Al" Camp died Sunday, Sept. 1, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Miss.

Born in Monroeville, Sept. 30, 1931, Father Camp enrolled in the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus in 1945. After completing his seminary studies at the Josephinum in 1957, he was ordained to the priesthood May 25, 1957, by Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, Apostolic Delegate to the United States. His first mass was celebrated with family at St Joseph’s Church, Monroeville.

Father Camp taught Latin and served as Dean of Men in the College Division at the Josephinum from 1957 - 1966. While teaching, he also pursued undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Ohio State University in Classical Languages, Physical Education and Higher Education.

Upon completion of those studies, Father Camp came to the Diocese of Jackson (Natchez-Jackson) where he was assigned to St. Paul Parish in Vicksburg, Miss., and St. Aloysius School, where he began his life of service as a priest and educator. He served as teacher and principal of St. Aloysius until 1992, when he was named pastor of St. Mary Basilica in Natchez, Miss., where he served until 2004. During his tenure in Natchez, St. Mary, the original Cathedral of the diocese, was named a minor basilica by Pope St. John Paul II.

Father Camp tried to retire in 2004, but his services were needed by the Bishop in Clarksdale, Miss., as pastor of Immaculate Conception and St. Elizabeth Parishes. He served there for two years and then retired in 2006 as Senior Priest at St. Francis Parish in Madison.

Beloved by countless numbers of people with whom he shared his wisdom, knowledge, compassion and wonderful sense of humor, Father Camp never ceased to serve by visiting the sick and comforting the dying until his health no longer allowed it.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Margaret (Oliver John) Phillips, Ruth Heyman, Theresa (Robert) Graham, Marilyn Pennington, Sister Mary Magdeleva, SND; and brothers, Robert Camp, Harold (Kathy) Camp, and Kenneth (Therese) Camp.

He is survived by his sister, Sister Ethel Mary Camp, SND; and a host of grateful and loving nieces and nephews and their families.

A Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at St. Joseph Church, Monroeville.

Contributions may be made to the Aloysius and Mary Camp Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Aloysius High School, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg, Miss. 39183.

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