Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be the main celebrant at the Venerable Fr John Sullivan SJ Annual Mass in Saint Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner Street at 11am on Saturday 21 February. On this occasion to celebrate Fr John being declared Venerable by Pope Francis in November 8 2014, we are delighted to welcome also Archbishop Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin. Fr John was baptised in St Georges’ Church into the Church of Ireland. Archbishop Jackson’s presence recalls Fr John’s earlier Christian community. Fr John’s relatives from the Lloyd families are also very welcome. Blessing with the crucifix of Fr John before and after the Mass. Everyone is welcome for a cup of tea after the Mass.
Fr John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933) was a Jesuit priest with a reputation for saintliness and healing. 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. In 1960 he was declared a Servant of God. He was was declared ‘Venerable’ by Pope Francis in November 2014.