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“No matter where Fr. Francis X was assigned, his heart always belonged to Holyoke and the parishioners there who truly loved him and will continue to...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Jeanie Lempke - Holyoke, MA

“Dear Fr. Sullivan u meant the world to everyone.❤ Thank you so much thru the many years of blessings beginning at St. Anne's church Chicopee....Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Gayle Ribeiro - Holyoke, MA

“Dear Father Sullivan's family,Father married us at Holy Cross on a beautiful summer evening almost 15 years ago and has been a special person in our...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Sarah Hohol/McIntosh - Wilmington, NC

“Uncle Sully, you were the best of the best...I will never forget you, as you hold a very special place in my heart, forever. A blessed friend to so...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara Lumb - Virginia Beach, VA

“Wow...Fr. Sullivan...up in heaven as we speak. If ever there was a superb and wonderful priest...he is the epitome of greatness. Through all the...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Marie Tyler Wiley - Noank, CT

“Well done Good and Faithful servant! Now enter the Glory that was prepared for you from before the world began. ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Dr.Timothy Hoffman - Spencer, MA

“We first met Fr. Sullivan when he was assigned to St. Anne's church. He always took the time to ask about our family. He will be in our thoughts and...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Chuck & Taerry Malone - Chicopee, MA

“In 1968,I first met Father Sullivan when I was in hospital after I injured my back working for the Tel. Co. He was visiting a parishioner almost...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Gordon Snyder - Westfield

“Dear Kevin, Erica, Colin and Father Sullivan's family,My love for Father goes back to his assignment at St. Anne's in Chicopee. Each weekend I am...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Sue Poulin - Chicopee, MA

“Many times Father you were my guardian Angel over the years I will forever remember your guidance, devotion, and love of special music. you will be...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Jane Bardsley Shephard - HOLYOKE, MA

“Fr Sullivan was a devoted friend of all sisters at the Marian Center and served as our confessor for years. His smile and wit will be missed. I will...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Paula Gaudet DHM - South Hadley, MA

“You will always be "my father"..... ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: Francis Foley - commerce, GA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Love Joan Cadieux ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: Joan Cadieux - Sebastian, FL

“A devoted priest and a good friend who will be missed by so many. Rest in peace, Fr. Sullivan. ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Bill & Gwen Godfrey - Zephyrhills, FL

“Fr Sully has been a family friend since 1952 and has been so close in times of need. I have had back surgery and can't make it to the funeral but I...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Lou Burke - Woburn, MA

“Thank you Fr. Sullivan for being a faithful priest, for bringing Jesus to me at Mass every Sunday and for bringing many souls back from the brink of...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Patrick Beauregard - Highland, CA


17 of 26 | Posted by: Marc Tremblay - Sunderland, MA

“As a brother priest, I was privileged to have been assigned with Fr. Sully, 1969-1975, at Bl. Sac. in Westfield. He and Fr. Tim O'Connor were...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Fr. Michael Devlin - FL

“Being a long time friend of Father Sullivan and Jane and family, I have many good memories that I can treasure. Charlie and I shared many trips to...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Eleanor Maloney - Westfield, MA

“I was privileged to have been an altar server for Fr. Sullivan at OLSH. Father Sullivan was a true Man of God and served the diocese well. He will be...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: John Sullivan - Cedar Park, TX

“father sullivan thank you for being you. you always had a kind word to say everytime we met you,your smile and jokes always brought joy to the party. ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: ron /betty duval/murphy - FL

“Father Sullivan will be missed greatly by many for his strength, laughter and guidance. God speed dear friend. ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Patricia Devine - Holyoke, MA

“There will be a lot of smiles where I think you are now. Rest in Peace. ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: DANIEL - holyoke, MA

“Forever in my heart... ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Chris Daisy - Holyoke, MA

“Dear Father, I will never forget you for the many kindnesses shown to me and many family over the years. I will treasure your memory in my daily...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Norma Lewis - Portsmouth, RI

“Our hearts are saddened over your passing. Everyone who knew you will miss you dearly. You were loved by all who knew you. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Jeff & Janet Kappel - Pompilli - MA


HOLYOKE: Father Francis X. Sullivan, the longest-serving priest in the Diocese of Springfield, died Christmas Eve afternoon at the Marian Center in Holyoke. He was 91. He had ministered in the diocese for 68 years, and most recently was a concelebrant for the St. Patrick's Parade Mass which aired in March on the "Chalice of Salvation" weekly televised Mass. A native of Worcester, Mass., he was born Nov. 13, 1925, the only son of the late Francis X. and Mildred Sullivan. He had one sister, Mary "Jane" Lumb, with whom he was very close. As his eyesight failed in recent years, it was she who made sure he remained an active member of the diocesan clergy, attending countless wakes, Masses and other functions. She passed away suddenly on March 14, 2014. He was a graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester and went on to study at the Seminary of Philosophy and the Grand Seminary, both in Montreal. He was ordained a priest by the late Springfield Bishop Thomas M. O' Leary at St. Michael's Cathedral on Dec. 18, 1948. He served as a parochial vicar in several area parishes. His first assignment was at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield from 1949 to 1952. He then was assigned to Holy Cross Parish in Holyoke where he ministered for a decade, from 1952 to 1962. Since that time, his ties to the "Paper City" have been strong. At the "Chalice of Salvation" Mass in March, Father William Lunney, pastor of St. Jerome Parish in Holyoke, referred to Father Sullivan as the "Bishop of Holyoke." Father Sullivan subsequently served at the former St. Patrick Parish in Chicopee from 1962 to 1965 and then at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Westfield from 1965 to 1970. He then was named pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Sheffield and led the parish from 1970 to 1973. He then served as pastor at St. Anne Parish in Chicopee from 1973 to 1985. A window in that church is dedicated in memory of Father Sullivan's mother, Mildred. He was appointed to the diocesan budget advisory committee from 1984 to 1986. From 1985 to 1989, he was the pastor of the former Our Lady of Hope Parish in Springfield and the dean of the Springfield Deanery II. He then served as pastor of the former St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Haydenville from 1989 to 1991. His final assignment was pastor at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Westfield from 1991 until his retirement in 1999. Ever willing to serve, in October 2001 he was named administrator pro tem for St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Haydenville. In addition to his parish duties, Father Sullivan was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, 309th Field Hospital, Springfield. He was also the former Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus #4044, and former Chaplain for the St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke, where he was honored as Grand Marshal in 2000, and a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. Father was also a close friend of the late Springfield Bishop Joseph F. Maguire and was listed in Bishop Maguire's formal obituary. Father Sullivan moved to the Marian Center in Holyoke in 2015. He had just recently celebrated his 68th anniversary of ordination there with family and friends. He was beloved "Uncle Sully" to his nieces and nephews: Kevin Lumb, his wife Erica and a grandnephew, Colin, with whom he was very close and who cared for him in recent years, Francis X. Lumb and his wife Mary, Mary Judith Hickman and her husband Gary, and Barbara Lumb. Besides his grandnephew Colin, he also leaves six more grandnieces and nephews: Jessica, Christina, Renee, Nicolai, Christopher, and Sandra; a great grandnephew, a great grand- niece, and many cousins, including Mary Miller Morse of Falmouth. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Richard D. Lumb; two nephews, Richard Lumb Jr. and David Lumb, and a grandniece Tanya. Father Sullivan's family would like to thank the entire Staff and Administration of the Marian Center in Holyoke for their wonderful care. The wake for Father Sullivan will be held on Friday, Dec. 30 from 2-7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cross Church in Holyoke. A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Cross Church. Burial will be on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd at 11:30 a.m. at St. John Cemetery in Worcester. Since the Church is fully decorated for the Christmas season, please omit flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mater Dolorosa School, 25 Maple Street, Holyoke MA 01040 or to Blessed Sacrament School, 21 Westfield Road, Holyoke MA 01040.