Blessed John Sullivan

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.

Meet Fr. John Sullivan

This short biographical video captures the essence of the life of Blessed John Sullivan SJ, the man who gifted those he met with healing and peace. It features many old photographs and archive material, bringing to life the world he inhabited whilst revealing his relevance for our world today.

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