Religious Jubilarians 2018

Franciscan Bro. Donald Sullivan Marks 70 Years Serving in B’klyn

Brother Donald

Brother Donald Sullivan, O.S.F., entered the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn from St. Francis Xavier parish in Park Slope in 1947.

He began his teaching career at St. Mary Star of the Sea School, Court St., Carroll Gardens, in 1949.

Later, he was assigned to serve at Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and then at St. Brigid’s in Bushwick, until 1957.

He then served as vocation director for the Brooklyn Franciscan Brothers and began his long association with St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights as an assistant professor.

In 1969, he was named president of the college, a position he held for 26 years until retiring from active ministry in 1995.

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While Brother Donald Sullivan, O.S.F., served as president of St. Francis College, the Brooklyn Heights institution became co-educational, its enrollment exceeded 3,000 students and both the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex and the Lee & Peter Callahan Center opened. Today, a scholarship is named in his honor.

2 thoughts on “Franciscan Bro. Donald Sullivan Marks 70 Years Serving in B’klyn

  1. Congratulations Brother Donald on your 70 year anniversary! These wishes come from an old friend from Park Slope Barbara Keane Andrews. I was best friends with your sister Patricia. Best wishes on your anniversary.

  2. I graduated Our Lady Of Good Counsel on June 22, 1952. Brother Donald was my teacher in the 6 A and again in the 7 B. He and the other Brothers were great. Kathleen Muldowney who also graduated that same day and I were married in Our Lady Of Good Counsel on August 1, 1959. The girls were in a building near by. We go back to O.L.G.C. every year the Sunday before of after August 1. Our son Frank graduated St. Francis Prep. in 1991. He told us they were having a open house at St. Francis College on a Sunday and we knew Brother Donald was the President so we went and saw Brother and he gave us a tour of the college. It was a great day. Frank wanted to go to a out of town college so he went to the University Of Illinois. Congratulations Brother Donald We were very glad to know you.

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