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Fr John Sullivan SJ

Fr John SullivanFr John Sullivan will be beatified at a special ceremony in Gardiner Street Church in Dublin this weekend. We send our best wishes to the Jesuit Community in Clongowes Wood College, where Fr John Sullivan spent many years. In 1960 Fr John Sullivan was declared a Servant of God. He was declared ‘Venerable’ by Pope Francis in November 2014. In April 2016 Pope Francis approved a decree that authenticated a miracle attributed to Fr Sullivan, thereby approving his beatification.The beatification ceremony will take place in St Francis Xavier’s Church, in Dublin on Saturday 13th May 2017.  There will also be a Mass of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Blessed John Sullivan in Clongowes Wood College on Saturday 20th May at 7pm, with Bishop Denis Nulty as principal celebrant and homilist. There will be a Blessing with the Cross of Fr John Sullivan immediately after Mass. All are welcome to attend.

John Sullivan was born in 1861 in Dublin into a family where his Father belonged to the Church of Ireland and his mother was a Catholic. He was raised in the Protestant tradition. His father was a barrister, who later became Lord Chancellor of Ireland. He grew up in a privileged and comfortable family. He attended second level education in Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, and later studied Classics in Trinity College in Dublin. The young John Sullivan loved outdoor activities, spending time walking and cycling.

In December 1896, when he was 35 years old, John Sullivan decided to become a Catholic, and was received into the Church in London. In 1900, he entered the Jesuit novitiate in Tullabeg in Co Offaly. He spent some time studying in England, and then came to Milltown Park in Dublin to study Theology. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1907, and was appointed to the staff in Clongowes. His holiness was widely recognized and appreciated by the people of Clane. Many people came to him who were in need of healing, and his reputation for this spread. He worked for the poor, the sick and those who were in need, and his intercession seemed to have a wonderful effect on people. He was a man of prayer, who brought great comfort and peace to those who sought him out.

Fr John Sullivan died in Dublin in February 1933, and has been revered by many ever since. He is still loved by people in Clane, Dublin and elsewhere, and there are many accounts of people who have received comfort through his blessing.

The Prayer for the beatification of Fr. John Sullivan has been answered.

O God, you honour those who honour you.

Make sacred the memory of your servant John Sullivan, by granting through his intercession the petition we now make (name the petition) and hastening the day when his name will be numbered among those of your saints. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fr John Sullivan’s own advice is often quoted, “Take life in instalments. This day now, at least let this be a good day. Be always beginning. Let the past go. Now let me do whatever I have the power to do.”

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