Blessed John Sullivan

March 14, 2022 in Fr John Sullivan SJ

On the night of February 19th, 1933, Fr John Sullivan SJ breathed his last in St Vincent’s Nursing Home, Dublin. Thirty-seven years earlier he had converted to Catholicism, and four years later he entered the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits). Much of his priestly life was spent in Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare, where he had a reputation for sanctity among the schoolboys and the many local people he came in contact with. In 1960 he 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. Cardinal Angelo Amato, representing Pope Francis, declared Fr John Sullivan Blessed at a beatification ceremony on Saturday 13 May 2017 in St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner Street, Dublin.