Reverend Collins I. Anaeche is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut. He was originally born in Nigeria before he moved to the United States. He is one of eight children (six boys and two girls). Fr. Collins grew up in a working class family and enjoys a close relationship with his parents and siblings. After high school he felt the call to the priesthood. His interest in doing missionary work led him to join the St.Joseph's Society of Sacred Heart popularly known as "The Josephites". He did his undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Humanities at the National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Abuja - Nigeria, an affiliate institution of Pontifical Urban University Rome.
In August 2003, Fr. Collins started his graduate studies in theology at Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception of Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C. Transferring to the Archdiocese of Hartford; he continued his studies and formation to the priesthood at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary and University, Emmitsburg, Maryland. He graduated in May 2008 with two graduate degrees in theology, namely, Masters in Divinity (M.Div) and Graduate Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (S.T.B).
Fr. Collins was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on May 17,2008. Following his ordination to the priesthood, he served at the Cathedral of St. Joseph for a little over three years before he was sent to serve for a short period at Sacred Heart parish in Southbury. In January 2012, Fr. Collins became the administrator of Sacred Heart Parish Bloomfield where he served for another three and half years. Again in July 2015 he was named the administrator of St. Bernard's Parish in Tariffville (Simsbury) from where he came to Our Lady of Victory West Haven.
Through his pastoral experiences and ministries with people facing different physical, relational, spiritual, emotional or psychological challenges, Fr. Collins discovered that he needed more specialized training in counseling and psychotherapy. In Fall 2010, he enrolled in the Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain and graduated in May 2014.
Besides his pastoral services at different parishes, Fr. Collins has also worked with Catholic Charities Family Service Center, New Britain and Franciscan Life Center, Meriden in providing spiritual direction, psychotherapy and counseling services forindividuals, couples, families, and groups from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. At the core of his life and ministry Fr. Collins believes that "it is the love of God and witnessing to the truth of that love that make the difference."