Long-time Faculty Member Francis P.
Sullivan, SJ, Dies

A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Monday, Aug. 26 at St. Ignatius Church for Adj. Assoc. Prof. Francis P.Sullivan, SJ (Theology), who died of cancer on Aug. 21 at Youville Hospital in Cambridge. He was 66.

Fr. Sullivan, a poet, preacher and translator of scripture and important 16th century texts, had taught in the Theology Department and the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program since 1975.

Author of three books of poetry, Table Talk with the Recent God, Spy Wednesday's Kind and Credo and Other Poems , he also was recognized for his work as a translator of scriptural texts, especially the Psalms, and published two collections of translations. In addition, Fr. Sullivan authored three volumes of fictional parables based on the gospel readings from the Church's liturgical year. His most recent book, Indian Freedom: The Cause of Barolomé de las Casas 1484-1566 , won the 1996 prize for history and biography from the Catholic Press Association.

Adj. Assoc. Prof. Francis P.Sullivan, SJ
Before coming to Boston College, Fr. Sullivan taught theology at Loyola University in New Orleans. Prior to that, he taught at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine and at Xavier High School in Concord, Mass. While at Boston College, he also was a visiting professor at the Gregorian University in Rome.

A Brighton native, Fr. Sullivan entered the Society of Jesus in 1948. He was ordained a priest at Weston College in 1961 and earned a doctoral degree in theology at the Institute Catholique in Paris in 1970. From 1982-88 he was a member of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.

Fr. Sullivan was buried in the Jesuit Cemetery at Weston.


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