Rev. John Linus Sullivan, O.P., Dominican Friar, passed away peacefully at the age of 91 at Mt St Rita Health Center in Cumberland, RI, in the early hours of Friday, December 2, 2011. He is survived by a nephew, Mr. Raymond Duffy, of Boylston, MA. He was preceded in death by his two beloved sisters, Margaret (Rita) S. Heran and Mary S. Duffy, and his brother, Thomas, in addition to their parents.
He was born John Francis Sullivan in Providence, RI, on January 28, 1920, the son of Thomas and Johanna (neé Teehan) Sullivan, both of whom were born in County Kerry, Ireland. He attended several grammar schools in Providence and then graduated from Central High School in Providence in 1939. He entered Providence College, Providence, RI, from which he received the Bachelor of Arts degree. Midway through his studies at Providence College, he decided to become a Dominican Friar and entered the Novitiate of the Province of St Joseph at St. Rose Priory in Springfield, KY, in August 1942, receiving the religious name Linus. He then undertook his philosophical and theological studies for the priesthood at both St. Joseph’s Priory in Somerset, OH (1943-1946) and at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC (1946-1949).
He was ordained a priest at St Dominic’s Church in Washington by the Most Rev. Edward Celestine Daly, O.P., Bishop of Des Moines, IA on June 9, 1949. After ordination, Father Sullivan taught at Aquinas High School in Columbus, OH, from 1950-58. He then spent the better part of his priestly life in parochial ministry, serving in several different parishes of the province including St Dominic Church in Detroit, MI and St Pius V Church in Providence. He served as pastor of the following parishes: St Monica’s (1964-68) in Raleigh, NC, St Mary Church (1968-75) in New Haven, CT, and St Louis Bertrand (1975-78) in Louisville, KY. Beginning in 1979, he was appointed chaplain to the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, NY. Finally, in 1999 he returned to St Pius V Parish in Providence, where he assisted in the ministry until a decline in health resulted in his transfer to Mt St Rita Health Center in 2009.
His Dominican community will receive his body at St Pius V Church, Eaton Street, Providence, RI at 4 PM on Sunday, December 4, 2011, followed by the praying of the Office of the Dead in church at 7:30 PM Sunday. The public will be able to pay their respects at those times. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 5, 2011 at St Pius V Church, Providence, the Very Rev. Kenneth R. Letoile, O.P., presiding. Burial will follow in the Dominican plot at St Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, RI. Arrangements entrusted to the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, Providence. www.boyleandsonfuneralhome.com