Long-time teacher, administrator, and mentor, Father Michael Collins, O.Praem ’68 passed away suddenly early this morning at Daylesford Abbey. Ordained in 1978, Father Collins came back to Archmere in 1972 and served the school community for more than five decades as a history and religion teacher, Assistant Athletic Director, Director of Student Life and Headmaster. Father Collins made a tremendous impact on the lives of hundreds of Auks as a priest, teacher, mentor and friend.
Father Collins was dedicated to Archmere and created many wonderful friendships over the years. He will most certainly be missed by the members of the Archmere and Daylesford communities. Whether at the Abbey or at an Archmere event, he was always smiling and welcoming, happy to greet you and be present with you. Please keep Father, his family, and the Daylesford Abbey community in your prayers.
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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 until 8:00 PM.
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.
A Memorial Mass for Father Collins will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10:30 AM in the Performing Arts Theatre at Archmere Academy.
Photos and stories of Father can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be shared in a remembrance blog in the near future.