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Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell of "Nuns On The Bus" speaking in lower Manhattan - the Whitehall / South Ferry terminal. This was part of a "Nuns On The Ferry" event.

Simone Campbell, SSS (born October 22, 1945), is an American Roman Catholic Religious Sister, lawyer, lobbyist and executive director of NETWORK. She belongs to the Sisters of Social Service.


Campbell was born in Santa Monica, California. She joined the Sisters of Social Service, an international Roman Catholic religious congregation rooted in the Benedictine tradition, in 1964 and took her final vows in 1973. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1969 from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.

In 1977, Campbell received the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where she had been an editor of the UC Davis Law Review. The following year she founded the Community Law Center in Oakland, California, which she served for the next 18 years as its lead attorney. She practiced family law and worked on the needs of the working poor of her county in Probate Court.[1]

Between 1995 and 2000, Campbell was the General Director of her religious institute and oversaw its activities in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan, and the Philippines.[2][3]


Campbell was first recruited to lead NETWORK in 2004[4] and continues to serve as its executive director.

In March 2010, the United States Congress debated reforms to healthcare, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H. R. 3590). As a part of her work with NETWORK, Campbell wrote the "nuns' letter" supporting the reforms and asked leaders of women's religious orders to sign it. Sixty heads of religious orders and umbrella groups signed and the letter was sent to all members of Congress. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the official voice of the Catholic Church in the United States, did not support the healthcare reforms.[5] The letter contributed to the momentum in favor of the legislation.[6] Campbell attended the signing ceremony for the law and received a hug of gratitude from President Obama.[7]

Campbell led the Nuns on the Bus project, in which she also participated.[8] Campbell and a small group of religious sisters (commonly, "nuns") make tours on a dedicated bus to highlight social issues. In 2012, the first year of the project, the Nuns aimed to draw attention to nuns’ work with the poor and to protest planned aid cuts. In honor of her advocacy work she was the 2014 recipient of the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award, which commemorates the 1963 encyclical of Saint John XXIII of the same name.[9]

Campbell addressed the Democratic National Convention held in September 2012.


Campbell's memoir A Nun on the Bus was published in 2014.[10]

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External links

  • Sister Simone Campbell – “A Nun on the Bus”, Tavis Smiley Show
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