The first ever Beatification ceremony to be held in Ireland will take place in St Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner Street, Dublin. Fr John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933), a Jesuit priest born in Dublin and closely associated with Kildare, will graduate from ‘Venerable’ to ‘Blessed’ on May 13 2017.
A Man Sent by God is a fascinating account of the life and times of one of Ireland’s most revered holy men.
The reader is guided through the various stages of John Sullivan’s life from his childhood in Dublin, secondary school at Portora, university education at Trinity College, and his call to the bar in London.
This is followed by an account of the second part of his life when he converted to Catholicism, entered the Jesuit order, and lived an ascetic and spiritual life in his various ministries, but most especially at his ministry in Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare. It is his work here, especially with the poor and the sick, which has led to his beatification by Pope Francis.