St. Patrick’s Day 2012 Starring Archbishop Stepinac High School

Archbishop Stepinac High School’s Fr. Thomas Collins leads the White Plains Patrick’s Day parade, while the school’s band will march in four local parades.


Archbishop Stepinac High School is all about St. Patrick’s Day.

Fr. Thomas Collins, the school’s president, was chosen as grand marshal in the 15th White Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade—while the Stepinac High School Band will perform in that parade, as well as three others.

Collins, who graduated from Stepinac in 1979, will lead White Plains' parade on March 10, which starts at the corner of Mamaroneck and Old Mamaroneck avenues at noon. Click here for parade details. 

Collins grew up in White Plains and attended Iona College in New Rochelle, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After studying at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers—Collins was ordained in 1992, and will celebrate 20 years as a priest this year. 

He started teaching at Stepinac in 1995, where he coaches a golf team and has served as Dean of Students. Collins is also responsible for orchestrating significant fundraising efforts for the school. He was named president by the school’s board of trustees in 2011.

In addition to his role at Stepinac—Collins celebrates Sunday mass at Our Lady of Sorrows in White Plains, Resurrection Church in Rye and Holy Rosary in Hawthorne. He is also on the board of trustees at Stepinac and the School of the Holy Child in Rye. 

The Stepinac High School Band will start their St. Patrick’s Day tour at the 57th Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 4. They will march in White Plains on March 10, and in 14th annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade the next day. 

Their final St. Patty’s Day performance for the year will take place on March 17 in the country’s “oldest and biggest” Irish tradition in the 250th New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. That parade starts at 44th Street at 11 a.m. Click here for more information.

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