Fr. John Collins
Greetings to the Parish Community of Saints Felicitas and Perpetua. My name is Fr. John Collins and I will be your new pastor starting July 1st. I wish to briefly introduce myself. I was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on June 21, 1998. As a newly ordained my first assignment was to Our Lady of Miraculous Medal in Montebello. My second assignment was at St. Philip the Apostle and in a few days I will be completing 14 years at St. Robert Bellarmine in Burbank.
All my immediate family live in Galway Ireland. I was born in England and while still a child my parents decided to move back to Ireland. I attended elementary school and high school in Galway and during my last year of high school I felt very drawn toward the priesthood. This led me to starting seminary formation at St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth. After 4 years of seminary training I decided it was time take some time out of formation so I could mature more and continue to discern. That decision brought me to New York. Soon I got employed at a nice restaurant close to Wall Street. Within a year I was the Banquet Manager and I really enjoyed the job and loved living in NY. I did this for 5 years and still felt a calling to the priesthood, so after some serious soul searching I took a leap of faith, loaded up my car and set out from the Bronx to Los Angeles. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles accepted me as a Seminarian and I started formation at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo in 1994 and was ordained to the priesthood on 1998. Just a few days ago I celebrated 23 years of priesthood, incredible years of grace and blessings journeying with God’s people. I am very honored to be assigned as your next Pastor. It will be a new chapter on our earthly journey for all of us and I have no doubt we will continue to be blessed in abundance by our loving God. I ask for your prayers during my transition and assure you I am praying for you.
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. John Collins.