BA(Massey), Diploma in Religious Education (London), Diploma in Liturgy(Germany), Master of Ministry with Credit (Otago).

6th Bishop of the Diocese of Dunedin


Bishop Colin's coat of arms was designed by his brother Bryan Campbell, a graphic artist and producer based in Invercargill.

Following specific guidelines for the features the Coat of Arms must have, the shield and flag were chosen by Bishop Colin while the hat and tassels are a requirement denoting his ranking.

Bishop Colin's coat of arms reflects the spirit of the region, with the Southern Cross and the Celtic Cross depicting the southern region and its Scottish and Irish background. The green fields of Southland and the mountains and rivers of both Southland and Otago bring together those attributes that are at the heart of the spirit of these regions.

 Coat of Arms of the 6th Bishop of Dunedin

Coat of Arms of the 6th Bishop of Dunedin




  • Born:  22 September 1941 at Otautau, Southland.
  • Educated at St Therese’s Convent School, Invercargill,  then Marist Brothers Primary and Secondary Schools, Invercargill. 
  • Attended Holy Name Seminary (Christchurch) and Holy Cross College (Mosgiel) 
  • Ordained for the Diocese of Dunedin 27 June 1966 at St Joseph's Cathedral, Dunedin by Bishop J P Kavanagh.
  • Worked for 30 years in various parishes in Otago and Southland as well as undertaking Hospital, Port and School Chaplaincies, National Chaplain to the National Service Group of Catholic Charismatic Renewal and National Chaplain to NZ Dove Women’s Fellowship.
  • Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at Holy Cross College, Mosgiel.  
  • Appointed Rector of Holy Cross Seminary (Auckland) in 2000.
  • Consecrated the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Dunedin on 9 July 2004.

Postal address:

Bishop's Office
Private Bag 1941