Patrick Campbell and his wife Joy, were once devastated by divorce and wounds of heartbrokenness. Their large blended family of 9 children suffered from psychological and chronic physical illnesses. In a sudden turn of events, the Lord literally called out this family in a hilarious superhero adventure of evangelization that is quite "outside-the box".
As fruits of their oblation as Oblates of the Benedictines, Patrick and Joy lived their Benedictine promise by building spiritual weapons, particularly the Cross of St. Benedict and sacred drawings as armors against the forces of evil to defend the families.
As founders of the Cross of St. Benedict Society, their members grew to over 5,000 intercessors united in prayer for the healing of families.
They use social media, such as FACEBOOK, to evangelize and to keep their connections with the society members. They also are Youtube Video Bloggers under JOYFULHOPE TV, documenting the God moment in their family and mission life. They go to missions by travelling across United States and Canada three times a year to present their crosses in various conferences and parish presentations where they meet their new brothers and sisters in Christ.
Their spiritual director calls them “First Responders” adhering to Pope Francis’ call to heal the wounded starting from the ground up.
Wounded families are directed to them by the members of the Society and those Divine appointments in their missions. Patrick and Joy acompany these families back to the sacraments by praying with them and giving their testimony of healing. Then, they teach them to use the sacramental of the Church and the gifts of the Holy Spirit to fight evil in their family life.
THe Campbell family prays several times a day for the intercessors and their members. They designate two hours each week to read the intentions of their members. As a Christian family, their members are able to call them up. When members ask for prayers, the Campbells stop and pray for them like their own family members.
The Campbell family moved to Kingstree, SC in December 2015, after going through financial hard times and losing their home. They found a home in Kingstree where they were able to rent a warehouse in town. Since, November 2013, they have entrusted the Ministry to Our Lady of Holy Hope. And, it was providential for them to live a window away from a nearby Shrine of our Lady with an almost similar title.
Patrick and his sons handcraft and build crosses that represent families and their faith story.
As artists and artisans, the new owners of the cross feel so much peace and are encouraged to respond to the sacrificial love of our Lord Jesus Christ and honor the provision of the Holy Father and the life of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity.
The cross can also include the Blessed Mother at the foot of the cross and their family's favorite saints. Blessed salt is drilled on top of their cross and capped with a Benedictine seal.
The crosses are the choice of Exorcists, ministry leaders, bishops, religious, priests and families. They also build sacramentals that has the same spiritual benefits as the cross but made to be more acceptable to family members that are not ready for the cross - Benedictine Heart pendants and pods, Benedictine fish, Benedictine containers, etc.
The Campbell family is a family of artists. As a singer/songwriter, he released three CDs, including the movie soundtrack of World Youth Day “Don’t Turn back ”. As a visual artist, he won First Place in the Scholastic Art National Awards in 1989 in the United States. Joy is a professional Church organist/pianist.
Patrick drew several Sacred Pencil Art of Our Lady of Hope, St. Joseph, the Passion of Christ, St. Pope John Paul II, St. Padre Pio, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Michael the Archangel. The Campbell family also built Rectory altars, Church altars, Processional Crosses and Altar crosses among others.
The Cross of St. Benedict Society is a mnistry partner of a non-profit organization based in Birmingham called the United for Life Foundation.