The annual Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving for the life and work of the Servant of God, the Venerable Father John Sullivan SJ, will be celebrated in the Church of Saint Francis Xavier, Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, on Saturday 20 February at 11.00am. The principal Celebrant and Homilist will be Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Archbishop Michael Jackson will be in attendance. For those who wish, there will be a blessing with Father John Sullivan’s Cross immediately after Mass. For more information about the life of Fr Sullivan see the website.
Servant of God, Venerable John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933) was a Jesuit priest with a reputation for sanctity. He was formed in both the Protestant and Catholic traditions, having been brought up in the Protestant tradition of his father before he was received into the Catholic Church and later entered the Jesuits. Known for his love of the poor, his life of prayer and fasting, and his care of the sick, he spent much of his priestly life in Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare. There was great devotion to him in his lifetime and that devotion has continued since his death on the 19th February, 1933. Many people believe that his prayers have brought the healing power of God into their lives and his tomb in St. Francis Xaviers’ Church in Gardiner Street, Dublin is visited daily by those who seek his help. In 1960 Fr John was declared a Servant of God. He was was declared ‘Venerable’ by Pope Francis in November 2014. See www.frjohnsullivan.ie for features, photos and videos on the life of Venerable Fr John Sullivan SJ and devotion to him. There is also a Fr John Sullivan page on Facebook.