Mortimer Augustine Sullivan, O.S.A.
Father Mortimer Augustine Sullivan was born
in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on 2 January 1887. He entered the Augustinian
novitiate at Villanova, Pennsylvania in 1904 and two years later went to
Rome to study at the International College of Saint Monica. He was ordained
to the priesthood in Rome in 1909.
After the War, Father Sullivan served as an assistant at Saint Nicholas of
Tolentine in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1925 he was named President of
Villanova College. The following year he was appointed Prior and Pastor at
Saint Matthew's in Flint, Michigan. He held the same office at Saint
Nicholas of Tolentine in Jamaica, New York, in 1929.
At the Chapter of 1932 Father Sullivan was elected Prior Provincial of the
Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova. After serving two terms in this
office, he became Prior and Pastor at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine in
Atlantic City, New Jersey. He served again as Provincial from 1944 to 1949.
During his last term as Provincial, Merrimack College in Andover,
Massachusetts, was established, and negotiations were proceeding for the
opening of Carroll High School, Washington, D.C.
Father Sullivan was 62 when he died in Atlantic City Hospital, Atlantic
City, New Jersey, on 13 July 1949. He is buried in the Augustinian Community
plot of the Saint Mary's cemetery in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Two buildings are named in Father Sullivan's honor: the Liberal Arts
building at Merrimack College, Andover, Massachusetts, and Sullivan Hall on
the Villanova University campus.
Source: Necrology of the Augustinian Provinces of the
United States of America
(Revised, May 2000)