Rev. Michael T. Collins O. Praem
1950 - 2015
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Rev. Michael T. Collins, O. Praem

The Rev. Michael T. Collins, O. Praem., a priest of Daylesford Abbey, died on January 22, 2015 at the age of sixty-four. In addition to the members of his community he is survived by a brother, Gary Collins and a sister, Deborah Blahusch. Father Collins was born in Woodside, Long Island, New York on June 15, 1950. His family moved to Claymont, Delaware and Fr. Collins was a member of Holy Rosary Church in Claymont during his high school years where he attended Archmere Academy. He entered the Norbertine Order and was vested with the white habit on August 28, 1968 and ordained to the priesthood on June 17, 1978. Fr. Collins earned a Masters degree in Religious Education from Loyola University in Chicago in 1983 and continued further academic work in secondary school administration at Boston College. His entire priestly ministry was devoted to Archmere Academy where he was both teacher and Dean of Students. He was well loved by his students and over the years officiated at many of their marriages and the baptisms of their children. He returned to the abbey in 2011 and remained there until his death.

Funeral arrangements for Fr. Collins are as follows. Reception of the Body will be held at Daylesford Abbey on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 4:30 PM with Vespers and followed by the viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM with final interment in the abbey cemetery. Abbot Richard Antonucci, O. Praem. will officiate at the funeral service. Donations in Father's memory can be made to Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Road, Paoli, Pa. 19301.

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Published in The News Journal on Jan. 24, 2015.
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January 19, 2021
Hard to believe it has been 5 years. You were always such a kind and gentle person with a big smile and a great laugh!
Christine Daiber
January 29, 2015
Gary and Debbie,
My heart goes out to you and the rest of your family. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I remember Father Michael well from our days at Holy Rosary but really got to know him during his service at Archmere Academy when my children were students there. He was very special - a wonderful teacher, mentor, and role model who was loved by students and parents alike. I am very grateful that I got to know him, always enjoyed being in his presence, and really appreciated all of his contributions to the Archmere community. May he rest in peace.
Andrea Connolly Rogers
January 28, 2015
Gary, Debbie
I heard from my brothers of Mike's passing. It seems that time flies as it was not that long ago but it was as classmates at Holy Rosary. The times I seen him he was very happy in his life at Archmere and he touched many lives. He can now enjoy the company of your parents and rest in peace. So sorry for your loss.
Jim Hopkins
January 26, 2015
To Gary and Deb,
Michael was big part of the Brogan family. He come for Thanksgiving and Easter at our house a lot. He married me and my wife and 5 others in my family. He also came to Green Bay to say my Dad's funeral which he said it was one of the hardest he ever had to do. My Mom loved your brother like he was her 10th child and all of us loved him like a brother. My brother Bill and I tried to make it out for Funeral but our flight was cancelled at 2 pm today this after out Milwaukee. My brother Tom was there tonight and will be there tomorrow. You both were so lucky to have Michael as your brother and I thinking about both of you during this sad time of Michael's passing.
Michael Brogan
January 26, 2015
From the priests, staff, parishioners and friends at St. Bonaventure we send our sincere condolences on the death of Fr. Mike. Thank you for your wonderful service over the past 10 years to our parish. You touched the lives of many.
St. Bonaventure
January 26, 2015
Rest in peace Mike. I have many fond memories of the time we spent together at Daylesford.
Bob Turchi
January 26, 2015
Rest in peace Michael. I will always cherish our time together at Daylesford. You touched many lives and will be remembered fondly.
Bob Turchi
January 25, 2015
I will always fondly remember the summers Fr. Mike came to help at St. Bonaventure. He had a warm smile and a great sense of humor. He will be missed by many whose lives he touched.
Christine Daiber
January 25, 2015
My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you, and may our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and "make you firm". (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17)
January 24, 2015
With deepest sympathy. Father touched many lives and made a difference in this world. RIP.

Rita Marinelli
January 24, 2015
Rest in Peace Father Mike! A former Daylesford classmate.
Denny DeSantis
January 24, 2015
As a family, we will miss Michael so much. He was my son's Padrino (Godfather) and baptized my other son. He was a close friend since 1970 and all the memories are so sweet. We will miss you Fr. Collins.
John Miskella
January 24, 2015
I am sooo Shocked my heart and sympathy goes to the family Of Father Mike will miss him, was always kind and friendly towards everyone Rest in peace Father Mike
Marianne Green Taylor
January 24, 2015
Rest in Christs perpetual light
Dr. Arthur Young
January 24, 2015
My condolence to the family. I will remember Father as a kind and helpful neighbor and friend.
Stephanie Schimelfenig (Betts)
January 24, 2015
Rest in peace, Father Michael.
Bernard & Kathy McFadden
January 24, 2015
Father Collins was one of a kind. Heart goes out to Gary,Debbie,Dan,Michael and the rest of the family. Such a loss at an early age, very sad. Father Collins impacted so many people with his beautiful spirit and the world is a better place because he was here.
Barbara Dorsey Broadbent
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