John J. Collins (bishop)

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Most Reverend
John J. Collins, S.J.
Vicar Apostolic of Jamaica
Church Catholic Church
See Titular See of Antiphellus
Appointed June 12, 1907
In office October 28, 1907 - June 15, 1918
Predecessor Charles Gordon, S.J.
Successor William F. O'Hare, S.J.
Ordination August 29, 1891
Consecration October 28, 1907
by John Murphy Farley
Personal details
Born November 15, 1856
Maysville, Kentucky
Died November 30, 1934(1934-11-30) (aged 78)

John J. Collins, S.J. (November 15, 1856 – November 30, 1934) was an American-born bishop of the Catholic Church. He served as the Vicar Apostolic of Jamaica from 1907 to 1918. He was also president of Fordham University 1904-1906.


Born in Maysville, Kentucky, John Joseph Collins was ordained a priest on August 29, 1891. He professed vows in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on February 2, 1895. On June 12, 1907 Pope Pius X appointed Collins as the Titular Bishop of Antiphellus and Vicar Apostolic of Jamaica. He was consecrated a bishop by Archbishop John Farley of New York on October 28, 1907. The principal co-consecrators were Bishops Thomas Beaven of Springfield in Massachusetts and Charles McDonnell of Brooklyn. Collins served as the Vicar Apostolic until his resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XV on June 15, 1918. He died at the age of 78 on November 30, 1934.[1][2]

Prior to being consecrated a bishop in 1907, Collins served as the president of Fordham University, a Jesuit institution in the Bronx, New York, from 1904 until 1906.[3] His tenure as president saw the completion of the university's auditorium, which was dedicated to Collins by Cardinal John Murphy Farley in 1905.[4] Collins also finalized the sale of four acres of the university campus to the city for a municipal hospital, named Fordham Hospital. Under Collins' leadership, Fordham University formed football, basketball, and track teams, as well as opening the Fordham University School of Law in 1905, and a school of medicine that would be dissolved 1921.[5]


  1. ^ "Bishop John Joseph Collins, S.J". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica". Giga-Catholic. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Fordham Presidents - Fordham University Libraries". Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  4. ^ Gannon, Robert (1967). Up to the Present: The Story of Fordham. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. pp. 120–128. 
  5. ^ Kane, Patrice. "Research Guides @ Fordham: Fordham University History: Schools that Once Were". Retrieved 2016-09-13.