Dear Friends in Christ,
It is hard to put to words the great legacy of Fr. Clement. I hope I do justice.
Alphonsus Clement Campos was born in Hyderabad on 19 th December, 1946 to late Mr.
Francis John Campos and Late Mrs. Lena Campos. He was the youngest of 10 brothers Late
Regis, Fr. Gerard Campos, Emile, Late Bruno, Joseph, Claude, Mario, Eugene and Felix and
5 sisters Marilla, Leila, Anne, Pauline and Bernadette. Most of them are here with us this
morning. Mrs. Lena Campos was in her ninth month of pregnancy when she had gone to
attend her son Gerard Campos' first profession into the Congregation of the Most Holy
Redeemer. The then rector gave Mrs. Lena Campos the relics of St. Alphonsus, St. Clement
and St. Gerard and asked her to pray to them for safe confinement. She later went to the Icon
of our Mother of Perpetual help and prayed to her saying, "If it is a boy child, he is yours."
This the mother revealed to the family much later after Clement joined the congregation. No
wonder Clement received the names of two of our Redemptorist saints, our founder St.
Alphonsus Maria De Liguori and St. Clement Mary Hofbauer.
Clement was keen on joining the Redemptorists soon after his schooling. His mother seemed
to have said to him wittingly, just because you are named after Alphonsus and clement
doesn't mean you have to join the Redemptorists. His father wanted Clement to join later,
but Clement was persistent. He joined the congregation of the Most holy redeemer on 10th
June, 1963. He made his first profession on 2nd August, 1964 and his final profession on 2nd
August, 1968. He was ordained a priest on 25th July, 1971.
In his early days as a young priest Clement worked in the north of India, especially in our
community at Lucknow where he preached and worked in Hindi. Fr. Clement was later sent
to do his master's in theology at JDV, Pune and later to complete his doctoral studies in
Moral Theology with a specialization in Bio-Medical Ethics from the Alphonsian Academy
in Rome. He served the province of Bangalore under various capacities. He was a provincial
Vicar and Second counsoltor, Rector of Mt. St. Alphonsus and St. Gerard's community, Co-
pastor of Holy Ghost church, Editor of Breaking the Word, Dean of Studies, Prefect and
Socious of the Theologate and Pastoral year director training young priests for ministry. He
has been several times moderator of our provincial chapters and very recently of the General
chapter. He has also been a member of the Doctrinal Commission of the Conference of
Catholic Bishops of India, President of the Association of Moral Theologians of India,
member of the bioethics forum and co-founding member of the association of Catholic
doctors in Bangalore.
Clement imbibed in his life and ministry the very spirit of our founder St. Alphonsus. Like
our founder St. Alphonsus, Clement was a gifted musician, singer and composer, a great
moral theologian after St. Alphonsus the patron of Moral Theologians, A great writer,
brilliant Preacher and a wonderful pastor reaching out to all sections of the society both
young and old, rich and poor.
1. As a musician, singer and composer: Clement used this gift to evangelize and to
communicate God's love to all. Among his compositions, his most famous one is
undoubtedly, "The World Stands in need of Liberation my Lord" a hymn seeking the
intervention of God to bring justice and liberation of the poor and downtrodden. In this
very church Clement sang the passion narrative on Good Friday for so many years, the
exultet on Easter vigils, the litany of saints on important occasions. He taught us
redemptorists, liturgical music for years and helped us to appreciate the place of music in
2. Respected Moral theologian of India: Fr. Clement is one of the most respected moral
theologians of India and a brilliant teacher. He has taught in most of the major seminaries
in India and Singapore. Clement spent a great deal of his life teaching with passion
Moral theology for more than 25 years. Almost 3/4 th of our present redemptorist in India
and good number of the priests in India were taught by Fr. Clement. He taught us to be
persons of integrity, to do what is always morally right and to be pastorally sensitive and
caring to the needs of others especially the most abandoned poor. He has written more
than 15 articles in some of the leading journals in India and abroad. His last article on
"Laudato Si" was published in Theological Studies which is one of the most prestigious
international journals on Moral Theology. Soon we will be bringing out a collection of
3. As an eloquent preacher of God's word: Fr. Clement is undoubtedly one of our best
preachers. His zeal for God's word was always tempered with God's mercy and love.
There was great depth in his content, his sermons were always inspiring and challenging
us to lead a better life. He was not only a wonderful preacher, but he also trained so
many of us Redemptorists to be good preachers.
4. As a pastor after the spirit of St. Alphonsus: he was sensitive to the needs of others.
He cared and counselled those who came to him in need. He was always available for
confessions, blessings, reaching out to those who were wounded due to a broken
relationship or battered by domestic abuse. He has prepared so many for the sacrament
of Marriage, blessed so many marriages and journeyed with so many married couples
encouraging them to live their calling. He also cared for the sick and the dying and
prepared them to meet the Lord. There have been so many messages pouring in on my
facebook page of what Fr. Clement meant to each one of them and how he has made a
difference in their lives.
5. As a fellow brother and confrere: Fr. Clement has been a wonderful friend and
companion to many of us. He had a great sense of humour and in all our community
gatherings it was never a dull moment with Clement around. He knew how to lighten
things through his wits. On missions he was a great companion to work with, always
there to encourage, to teach, to guide and share his knowledge with his companions. He
was a person of integrity, humble, prayerful and committed to his vocation as a
In the first week of June this year, Fr. Clement complained of back pain. He consulted
Orthopaedic Dr's. Srinivas and Chandy. Even after treatment the pain persisted. It was only
then, that he was asked to do a series of tests including MRI of the bones as well. It was only
when the bone scan was done that the doctors found traces of cancer. With the advice of Dr.
Kenneth, he was admitted in Cytecare Cancer hospital on 20th July. Bone marrow test and
biopsy were done to trace the primary source of cancer. On 25th July which happened to be
Fr. Clement's 47 th anniversary of Ordination, the tests confirmed it was pancreatic cancer
which had spread to the bones. Clement on that very day sent a message to the province and
to all his friends and family members, that he had accepted his cancer as God's invitation to a
new way of participating in his Redemption. Requesting us to pray that he will be faithful till
the end. He was given 6 to 12 months to live. The doctors started the radiation but before
chemo could be given, jaundice had already set in. The doctors tried to do a complicated
procedure but was a failure because the tumour was big and hard. He was brought back
home. Later after two days at the advice of Dr. Kenneth he was admitted in St. John's. He
was brought back home to his community at St. Gerard's on the 16 th of August where he was
under palliative care. On 28 th August on the feast of St. Augustine, a great theologian and
doctor of the Church at about 12.50 PM in the company of his confreres and family members
Fr. Clement breathed his last.
In my last meeting with Fr. Clement I said to him, "dear Fr. Clement you mean a lot to all of
us" and Fr. Clement replied back by saying, "the congregation means a lot to me." So true,
the congregation meant everything for Fr. Clement, he was a true son of St. Alphonsus,
faithful till the end. Farewell good and faithful servant, you have fought a good fight, you
have finished the race and you have kept the faith.
Dear Fr. Clement, we thank you for everything you have been to each one of us. For your
great witness of faithfulness to God and to the congregation. May the Lord and our blessed
Mother, whom you loved so very much in your life with St. Alphonsus our founder, St.
Clement Hofbauer your patron, St. Gerard Majella, St. John Neumann and all our blessed
Redemptorists welcome you into the eternal kingdom of peace and happiness. Farewell dear
Fr. Clement, until we meet again in God's heavenly home.