Brother Jerome Collins, O.C.S.O., a Trappist monk of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, died very peacefully within the monastery’s infirmary on Sunday, June 26, 2022. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 11, 1924, to Michael Joseph Collins and Ellen McCloskey, after commencement from highschool he served within the U.S. Military throughout World Struggle 2 as a teletype operator and was honorably discharged, having been awarded Military of Occupation and World Struggle II Victory medals. He labored as a touring salesman for eighteen months and for 3 years as a precision instrument grinder. He joined the Society of the Divine Savior on the Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz, Wisconsin as a postulant however later left that non secular order in order that he might take up life as a Trappist on the Cumberland, Rhode Island monastery of Our Woman of the Valley. When in March of 1950 that monastery burned to the bottom he transferred with the remainder of the monks to assist construct a brand new monastery, St. Joseph’s Abbey, on the grounds of the previous Alta Crest Farm in Spencer.
He made non permanent career of vows in 1952 and solemn vows in 1955. On the Abbey, amongst different duties, Brother Jerome labored as an electrician, cook dinner and porter. For little over a yr within the mid-Nineteen Fifties he helped to construct the monastery’s daughter-house of St. Benedict’s Abbey in Snowmass, Colorado. Brother was famous for his simplicity of coronary heart, his deep devotion, a serene and humble disposition, enduring kindness and his tireless service to the non secular life on the monastery.
The oldest of 4 kids, Brother Jerome was predeceased by his brother Michael and his sister Mary. Along with his monastic brothers on the abbey, he’s survived by his sister Peggy in addition to quite a few nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The monks want to thank the brothers and lay employees at St. Joseph’s Abbey Resident Healthcare Facility, the abbey’s infirmary, for the benevolent and compassionate care they gave to Brother Jerome in his remaining years. With gratitude for his mild presence amongst us, we commend his soul to your prayers. There aren’t any calling hours. Providers and burial are non-public. J. HENRI MORIN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 23 Maple Terrace, Spencer, is directing preparations.
Posted on-line on June 28, 2022
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