Fr. Brendan J. Sullivan
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Fr. Brendan J. Sullivan of West Roxbury died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, in California. He was 60. He was the beloved son of the Late Asst. District Attorney John J. Sullivan and Henrietta F. (Harrigan); brother of Joan Sullivan Gray and her husband Hubert of Braintree. Remembered by close relatives and friends in Boston and San Francisco. A Concelebrated Funeral Mass with his Excellency Bishop Robert F. Hennessey in the Holy Name Church, Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m. Graduate of Catholic Memorial High School Class of 1968 and St. John's Seminary, Served at St. John's Chelmsford and Star of the Sea Marblehead. For guestbook visit

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Published in The Roslindale Transcript from Apr. 19 to Apr. 26, 2010.
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July 29, 2010
I met Brendan as a freshman at Catholic Memorial High School. He sat in front of me for much of the 4 years since seat assignments were usually alphabetical. You had Brendan and then me, Robert Sullivan. I can't say we were good friends, but we shared the experience of high school and coming of age. I have one particular memory that I won't go into here, but it's stuck with me all these years and came flooding back when I saw his death notice in the CM Magazine. Sorry Brendan. You were a good guy.
Robert Sullivan
April 30, 2010
May you draw comfort in knowing that God truly
cares very much. He is near to those crushed
in spirit and binding up their painful spot.
April 25, 2010
Father Brendan Sullivan came to St. John the Evangelist Church in North Chelmsford about 1980 or so. along with Father Daniel Bowen Pastor, and Father Robert Nee. Changed my catholic life. During my life the years that this team was together they brought St John's back to a vibrant parish of people living and enjoying one and other. We had great Missions, We had Bazzars, Dance, appreciation Dinners, Youith activities, folk groups,everyone caring for each other.

During Thanksgiving time we had food drives that were for St. John St. Hugh's Church in Roxbury, Father Vincent Daily was the pastor there, and Father Sullivan and I would deliver the food. One time we were in the middle of a gun fight.
But, we all helped each other.

Father Sullivan introduced us the the Benidictine Monks of Weston Priory and now I work with the Monks with their beekeeping.

Who can forget Christmas time when Father Sullivan would lead everybody with the singing of "We wish you a Merry Christmas"
Bingo worker can not forget on Thursday night after Bingo Father Sullivan would go out and get the Pizza.
The memories of when Peggy, my sister Ann and her husband went out to California and visited Brother Matthew and the look on his face as we came into the Mass as we were a few minutes late.

I could go on and on but, Father Brendan you were a special Person in my life and I remember you every day in my prayers.
God Bless you and may you rest in Peace.

Gus Skamarycz
Augustus Skamarycz
April 23, 2010
Brendan and I were classmates at St. John Seminary in Brighton, MA but lost touch with each other shortly after our respective Ordinations as Presbyters. In mid-March I was told that Brendan was dying in a hospice here in San Francisco; I went to visit him immediately and was privileged to chat with him a few times about the not-so-good old days. If only I had known that Brendan was living here in SF; I feel somewhat cheated at not being able to become reacquainted sooner. May Brendan's soul rest in peace and may Perpetual Light guide him to God's Presence - forever. Amen.
Rev. Philip A. Petit
April 22, 2010
I remember Brendan with fondness, and I learned of his death yesterday with sadness. After he left Boston for California, it seemed no longer possible to remain in contact with him which was a loss for me. After our time as classmates at Bosotn College, Brendan was the one who introduced me to the Jesuits at Campion Center in Weston, the Trappists at St. Joseph Abbey in Spencer; the Benedictines at Weston Priory, VT and even the Cowley Fathers on the Charles River in Cambridge. He was always deeply immersed in God and the things of God. When I pronunced my vows as a Jesuit, he gave me two ceramic chalices that were used in his First Mass at Holy Name Church from which he will be buried. He wanted me to have them for the day I became a priest. I saved them through the years and used them in a Mass of Thanskgiving when I was ordained two years ago. I often asked mutal friends about Brendan. Now at last I know he is with God. Minutes after I learned of his death late yestesday afternoon, I was able to offer my 5:00pm mass with UK students for the repose of Fr. Brendan Sullivan's soul. I did again today at noon. I wish I could be there on Saturday for his funeral mass. I send my deep sympathy and condolences to his sister Joan. Rest in peace, Brendan!

Fr. Albert J. DeGiacomo, Pastor
Holy Spirit Parish, Newman Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40508
Albert DeGiacomo
April 21, 2010
Brendan is remembered with profound respect and heartfelt fondness. As a classmate at Boston College, he became a friend. As a priest at Star of The Sea, he was a pastoral presence to our family, and Baptized our son, Danny. He was present at my ordination to the Diaconate, and I once had the gift of having him concelebrate with me at St. John's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Salem, Mass. May The Lord remember his servant, Father Brendan Sullivan in His Kingdom. With gratitude, Fr. Jim Morris and family.
Fr. James Morris
April 21, 2010
Memories of Brendan are very special. I will always be grateful that he concelebrated my father's funeral in Connecticut in 1989. Peace - Joan Powell and Family, North Chelmsford, MA
April 20, 2010
At Our Lady of Lourdes School I taught Brendan in seventh and eighth grades. My memory of him is of a gentle, talented young man, with a special gift of music. May he know the peace which he exemplified.
Sister Judith Costello, CSJ, formerly Sister Peter Miriam
Judith Costello
April 18, 2010
you were there when we needed help after losing our son, our prayers of thanks are with you. God Bless
john caron
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