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Remembering Rev. Francis A. Sullivan, S.J. (May 21, 1922 - Oct. 23, 2019)

10/25/2019 9:32 AM | Anonymous

Remembering CTSA member Rev. Francis A. Sullivan, S.J. 

Rev. Sullivan was awarded the 1994 John Courtney Murray Award.  

Here is his piece on "The Magisterium and Theology" presented at the CTSA's 2013 annual convention.  See

Eternal rest grant unto Francis Sullivan, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul
 and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 

Courtesy of the U.S.A. Northeast Province

 Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother


who died peacefully last evening at 9:43 P.M., October 23, 2019, at Campion Center, Weston, MA.  He was 97 years old. At the time of his death, Frank was the oldest member of the UNE Province. Frank was born on May 21, 1922 in Jamaica Plain, MA, and entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1938 at Shadowbrook, Lenox, MA and was later ordained on June 16, 1951 at Weston College, Weston, MA. He pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1955 at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Weston College, Weston, MA. 

WAKE:       Monday, October 28, 2019

                     Campion Center, Chapel of the Holy Spirit

                     3:00-5:00 p.m. (Wake Service at 4:30 p.m.)

                     319 Concord Road

                     Weston, MA 02493


MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:     Tuesday, October 29, 2019—10:00 A.M.

                                                                Campion Center, Chapel of the Holy Spirit

                                                                319 Concord Road

                                                                Weston, MA 02493                             

BURIAL:  Campion Jesuit Cemetery, Weston, MA


  • 10/25/2019 10:39 AM | Thomas J Massaro SJ
    I join many members of the CTSA in mourning the loss of Francis Sullivan. What a gracious and spirited priest and scholar he was! It has been an honor for me to share membership in the same Jesuit province as he, albeit nearly two generations his junior. I only came to know Francis when he returned to Boston after decades teaching in Rome. At Boston College, he fashioned a "retirement" that was anything but a conventional retirement! He displayed more energy contributing to the life of the university and its students than most members of subsequent generations at their peak. He gave generously of his time and expertise to the activities and programs of the Boston Theological Institute consortium and many other groupings of theologically-minded people. You can learn much about ecclesiology from his lectures and writings, but I for one learned an immense amount above all about Christian service from just being in his genial company and witnessing his dedication to church, academy and world. May he rest in peace. Thomas Massaro, SJ
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  • 10/25/2019 11:09 AM | Anonymous
    Frank was a kind mentor. He taught at the Gregorian University, Rome, for 36 years, and was dean of its Faculty of Theology for six years. He noted that he was the last professor there who published a book (de Ecclesia) in Latin. For many years he taught in Latin and eventually in Italian. He was pleased that he had taught some 30 international priests who eventually became bishops, even one Cardinal (Levada). Although not an official peritus at Vatican II during the 1960s, he was consulted by the drafting committee for the Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium) on certain sections. He oversaw its comments on the role of “charisms’ in the Church. He wrote the article on “charisms” for the Dictionnaire de Spiritualité. He wrote numerous articles on the meaning of Vatican II’s statement that the “Church of Christ subsists in the Roman Catholic Church.”
    In Rome, besides his academic ministry, he was active in promoting the city’s charismatic movement. He liked to tell how he once had lunch with Pope John Paul II. Michael Fahey, S.J.
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  • 10/25/2019 6:30 PM | Anonymous
    I was privileged to be among the students gathered for his first lectures when he joined the faculty at the Gregorian University in 1956, and I have treasured his work over the years, especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s when I was privileged to serve as Co-chair to the national Lutheran / Catholic Dialogues ... and he contributed so many thoughtful comments to our discussions. May he now experience, face en face, the mystery he explored with and for us all.
    - Richard J. Sklba
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