HARTFORD – Brother G. Peter Collins, a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, died on Oct. 14, 2012, at Hartford Hospital.
He was born on June 29, 1939, in East Chicago, Indiana, a son of the late Walter and Vera (Churchill) Collins. After attending schools in Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, he became a postulant at the La Salette Seminary, Altamont, N.Y., on Sept. 17, 1956. He entered the La Salette Novitiate in Bloomfield on July 1, 1957, and professed his perpetual vows on May 1, 1964, at the La Salette Seminary in Ipswich, Mass.
In 1964, Brother Peter was assigned to the La Salette General House in Rome, where he performed secretarial duties for four years. Upon his return to the United States, he was appointed provincial secretary and archivist. He also was director of vocations to the brotherhood. He continued to serve as provincial secretary until 1978, when he was asked to assist in the opening of a new parish in Marietta, Ga., where he ministered as pastoral associate.
Over the years, Brother Peter was appointed to the Marriage Tribunal in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, was financial administrator for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Connecticut and Boston, and was elected vice president of the National Religious Brothers Association. His La Salette confreres elected him frequently to represent them at congregational and provincial meetings and chapters.
He also was the La Salette provincial treasurer and provincial vicar for senior religious. Most recently, he had resided at Hartford House and had served as first house councillor for the community there.
In addition to his La Salette confreres, Brother Peter is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Walter, Norman and Paul.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 17 in the chapel at Hartford House. Burial followed in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Missionaries of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave, Hartford.