Fr John Collins SSC, originally from Kilkee in County Clare, worked in Mindanao, in the Southern Philippines. He is now a member of the British Region and based in a parish near Solihull, West Midlands.
John is a member of the Mission Awareness and Promotions team, visiting parishes in the dioceses where the Columban Missionaries are visiting to conduct the Annual Mission Appeal. John also spends three days a week serving the parish of St. Ambrose Barlow in Hall Green, Birmingham, near to St. Columban’s in Solihull.
John enjoys the experience of the Mission Appeals, especially when he feels he can connect with the congregations in a meaningful way. He likes to, and hopes to present to the people, an aspect of mission that they may not have considered. Through this he seeks to open a new window of wonder and opportunity, bringing new joy, hope and enthusiasm for mission both here at home and overseas. As he says himself, “we are in it together”.