Deacon David trained for the Permanent Diaconate at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh (Guildford). He is married to Jane (an actuary) and they have two adult children. He is also an actuary and works for an international bank.
Peter Collins was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Peter Doyle at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Gt Missenden, on 24th June 2017. Peter was spent his early childhood in Southall, before moving to Chesham in 1967. He studied chemistry at Loughborough University where he was greatly influenced by the chaplain, Fr A.E. Basil. His wife, Michelle, comes from Gt Missenden where they were married in 1976. After a few years living in Reading, they returned to Great Missenden in 1984 to raise their family of five children. They currently have six grandchildren. Peter worked for 40 years as a scientist in the paint industry and he now operates as an independent technical consultant to the industry.
Living in Gt Missenden, Peter became involved in the charismatic prayer group and helped to start an SVP conference. He was hugely influenced by Deacon Tony McHale and Fr Fabian van Lieshout. It was Tony who first suggested that Peter should consider the permanent diaconate, but Peter took the advice of Father (now Bishop) Patrick Lynch to concentrate on his family vocation first and to leave the diaconate for later.
Another great passion in Peter’s life is Lighthouse: a children’s ecumenical summer holiday club that began in Gt Missenden 30 years ago and now serves about 7,000 children in south Bucks, Berks and Oxon; with plans well in place to spread nationally. Peter is a trustee of the local and national organisations.