The tertians and their instructors were invited for a mass and dinner at St. Francis Xavier Parish Jesuit Community at Gardiner Street. It was in honor of St. Peter Canisius, whose feastday we are celebrating today, April 27, 2016. The gathering was made more meaningful because Pope Francis has approved the beatification of Venerable John Sullivan, SJ. This is really a milestone for the Jesuit in Ireland as well as for Clongowes Wood College, where Fr. John Sullivan served for how many years as well as to the people of Kildare.

In this Archdiocese of Dublin website, “Archbishop Martin said John Sullivan was marked in a special way by a great care for the sick.  “Reading his biographies is like reading a directory of the hospitals and the homes for the sick in the Dublin of his days.  There was nothing that would hold him back from visiting someone who was sick and who had asked for his prayers.  In his years in Clongowes College he would travel by bicycle or on foot when he heard the news of someone who was ill.   He was not a medical expert or a faith healer, but a man who through his own prayer and personal holiness was able to transmit to those he encountered something of the healing power and the Good News of Jesus Christ.”