Fr John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933) continues to draw people of faith. Read about a new biography entitled ‘Where two traditions meet: John Sullivan SJ’.


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John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933)

John Sullivan embraced in his life the two main traditions in Irish history: the unionist, anglo-Irish, Church of Ireland tradition and the Catholic tradition of the majority of the population. He was the son of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, studied in Trinty College, practiced as a lawyer in the English bar, and was known as ‘the best dressed man in Dublin’.

In his mid-thirties, John became a Catholic and two years later a Jesuit. Most of the rest of his life was spent as a teacher and spiritual father to boys in Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare.

In this relatively remote setting he became known as a poorly-dressed man of prayer and penance with a gift of healing. Seventy years after his death people continue to visit and pray at his shrine in Gardiner Street church, Dublin.

About the Author

Thomas J. Morrissey SJ took a doctorate in history at the National University of Ireland. He is a former headmaster of Crescent College Comprehensive, Limerick, and Director of the National College of Industrial Relations. He has written twelve books, mainly biographies of people prominent in the labour movement, of bishops and of celebrated Jesuits.

His most recent book, Jesuits in Hong Kong, South China, and beyond, 1926-2006 was published in Hong Kong in 2008. He is currently preparing a biography of Dr Byrne of Dublin, the ‘forgotten archbishop’, 1921-1940.

Where Two Traditions Meet: John Sullivan SJ

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: The Columba Press (20 Feb 2009)
ISBN-10: 185607644X

Further Information

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