Faculty & Staff

Rev. John P. Collins, M.A., M. Div.

Professor of Church History, Theological Seminary

Fr. Collins was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1946. After grammar and high school education, he entered St. Charles Seminary in 1963. He taught U.S. History at St. Charles for the two years preceding his ordination in 1972. After two years in parish work he taught in Archdiocesan High Schools for 20 years. Returning to parish work he served as a pastor in two parishes 2002-2013. He was an adjunct faculty member teaching Church history from 1998 – 2000. He now teaches graduate school Church History at St. Charles on his third tour of duty at the seminary.


M.A.                        Villanova University, 1970

M.Div.                     St. Charles Seminary, 1972
B.A.                         St. Charles Seminary, 1968
Professional Experience
Parochial Vicar Archdiocese of Philadelphia (1972-74; 2000-2002)
Pastor Archdiocese of Philadelphia (2002-2013)
Faculty Member Office of Catholic Education (1974-2000)
Adjunct Faculty St. Charles Seminary (1970-72;1998-2000;2013)
Acting Registar St. Charles Seminary (1995)
Auditor Metropolitan Tribunal (1992-2008)
Professional Memberships


American Historical Association,  Washington, D.C.  (1970-2000)
American Catholic History Society Philadelphia, PA  (1970-2000)
American Mensa LTD. Dallas, TX  (1980 - )
Smithsonian Associates Washington, DC  (1974 - )


History of Catholic Church – A Survey, Philadelphia, PA (1984)
Preparing for Sacrament of Matrimony, Catholic Family Life Bureau (1983)
Our Catholic Heritage, Catholic Standard and Times (1983-84)
Our Faith Filled Heritage, Strasbourg, France (2007)
Parish Histories of St. George, Cardinal O’Hara High School (1973 and 1987)
Professional Endeavors
Keynote speaker at the Eastern Regional Canon Law Convention Philadelphia, PA May 2003.
Lectures for parish Adult Education Programs 2004-2008.