Fr. Edwin J. Collins

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Palm Beach FL

In 1998, Collins, a retired priest from Rockville Centre, NY, made advances toward a teenager in Palm Beach. The boy fought him off and immediately told the diocese; Collins resigned. The vicar general wrote a letter and placed it in Collins’ file. Diocese of Rockville Centre was notified. Name not released to public in 2002 with other accused clergy. Family immediately complained to diocese about omission. Diocese said it “missed” the file. Included on the Rockville Centre diocese’s list of accused in 3/21. Abuse allegedly occurred at St. William the Abbot in Seaford NY, where he was assigned 1968-76, and at Collins’ house in Wellington FL.

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