FR. MICHAEL J. O'SULLIVAN
The Rev. Michael J. O'Sullivan, beloved pastor emeritus of St. Peter's Catholic Church on Capitol Hill, died March 15, 2013 at Sacred Heart Home in Hyattsville, MD. He was 81 and had suffered with Parkinson's disease for several years.
Father O'Sullivan was pastor of St. Peter's from 1970 until his retirement in 2005. During his 35-year tenure, he empowered lay leaders and teamed with them to implement the changes of the Second Vatican Council, expanded and stabilized the parish grammar school, oversaw in the mid-1980s an extensive renovation of the historic church and rectory buildings, and secured the future of the parish by establishing an endowment trust fund.
Michael Joseph O'Sullivan was born January 9, 1932, in Kilgarvan, County Kerry, Ireland. He attended St. Brendan's College High School in Killarney, and St. Kieran's Seminary in Kilkenny. After volunteering to be "a missionary any place in the English-speaking world," he was ordained in Kilkenny in 1955 as a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington.
He is survived by two sisters, Margaret Byrnes of Euless, TX and Mary McKiernan of Yonkers, NY, and by many nieces and nephews in Ireland and the United States. He is also mourned by the people of St. Peter's, whom he served so faithfully for so long.
The reception of his body will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, followed by a viewing from 3 to 7:15 p.m. A vigil Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. preceded by a viewing from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. A reception will follow the Mass with burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. All services will be at St. Peter's Church on Capitol Hill, 313 Second St. SE, Washington, DC.