Ordained to the priesthood in 1991, Father John Sullivan brings insight and experience to his role as educator, administrator, and spiritual leader. During his more than 12-year assignment at Saint Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Melrose, Massachusetts, he witnessed a period of transformation in society and the church that included the tragedies of September 11th, the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the death of Pope John Paul II, the installation of a new translation of the Roman Missal used at Mass, and growing determination by Church leaders to embrace a more diverse audience. During this period he served as a trusted advisor for parishioners affected by the changes within the Church. Throughout his tenure at the parish and its affiliated parochial school, Father John Sullivan oversaw a wide range of spiritual, managerial, and charitable initiatives and served as a spiritual mentor to seminarians.
In his capacity as the Pastor of the Melrose parish, Father John Sullivan celebrated Mass throughout the week and performed other religious duties. He administered the sacraments, each of which represents an important milestone in Catholic life—Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Marriage, and the Anointing of the Sick. As the parish father, he established instructional programs for adults and provided support for the parish parochial school and Catholic education programs.
Dedicated to reaching out to those in need, Father Sullivan undertook numerous ministries in addition to his work on behalf of his parish. He served as Chaplain to the COURAGE Ministry in Boston and the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia. As an advisor to programs in Melrose and Burlington, he counseled people trying to overcome substance abuse issues.
Father John Sullivan graduated from the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, New Hampshire, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He recognized his vocation to the priesthood while teaching science at a Catholic high school and enrolled at Saint John Seminary in Boston. After completing a Master of Divinity, Father Sullivan accepted his first assignment, the position of Parochial Vicar at Saint Brigid Parish in South Boston.