Saint Robert Bellarmine

Rev. John Collins Pastor

I was bom on May 5, 1966 in Birmingham , England . I was raised in Galway, Ireland where my family continues to live today. I am the oldest of three, my two sisters who are twins, and are two years younger than I, and they are both married, living in Galway, and they have a son and daughter. My mother lives in Galway, close to her daughters and grandchildren. My father passed away in 1999.

After I graduated from high school in Galway, I entered the seminary at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, where I studied for four years as a seminarian for the Diocese of Galway. At the end of my fourth year I thought it was necessary for me to take a career break from seminary studies. The decision brought me to New York where I spent almost six years living in the Bronx and working as a restaurant manager in the busy Wall Street area of downtown Manhattan. I truly treasure the time I had there and the many great experiences, and yet I still felt that I needed to take another look at my vocation to the priesthood.

Through the help and support of a wonderful priest in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, I made the decision to relocate, and after packing my car with as much as it could hold, I drove out of New York and across the country to California, to a new adventure. In August of 1994, I entered St. John Seminary in Camarillo as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. On July 21,1998, I was ordained to the priesthood, and I was fortunate to have been allowed to have my ordination take place over in Ireland at Galway Cathedral.

In July of 1998, I returned to Los Angeles and began my first assignment as the associate pastor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Montebello. After four wonderful years there, I received my second assignment as associate pastor of St. Philip of the Apostle Parish in Pasadena. My five amazing years there came to an end on June 30, 2007. I look forward to beginning a new chapter and a new adventure in ministry as I serve St. Robert Bellarmine Parish community. I am very excited about my new assignment and I ask you to keep me in your prayers.

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