Document Type

Finding Aid

Collection Date

1929-1952

Finding Aid Date

9-17-2015

Identifier

RG 11.2 JamaicaSC: Sullivan Family Letters

Description

The Sullivan Family of Boston consisted of at least 8 siblings: Daniel, Harold, Raymond, Russell, Sidney, Grace, Lilly and Mary. Four of the brothers became Jesuit Priests: Daniel H. (born 1886, ordained 1910, died 1954), Raymond R. (born 1895, ordained 1915, died 1978), Russell M. (born 1896, ordained 1915, died 1962), and Harold J. (born 1901, ordained 1919, died 1968). Two of the sisters: Lilly and Mary, became nuns, both members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Grace married John (last name unknown) and Sidney also married. His son, Daniel H., born in 1930, also became a Jesuit, was ordained to the priesthood in 1947, and left the order in 1981 as a priest.

The letters date from 1926-1952. The bulk of the letters are from the late 1930s through the mid-1940s. The majority of the letters are correspondence between the siblings of the Sullivan Family: Daniel, Harold, Raymond, Russell, Sidney, Grace, Lilly and Mary. The primary correspondent and recipient was Fr. Raymond R. Sullivan, S.J. The subject of most of the letters is Fr. Raymond Sullivan’s missionary work in Jamaica. The family was actively involved in raising funds and procuring supplies and materials for his endeavors. Family business and concerns, especially health, are also topics. Exceptions are: letters from 1926-32 that pre-date Fr. Ray Sullivan’s assignment to Jamaica, and the letters from Russ to Lilly written while Russ was crossing the United States on his way to an assignment in the Jesuit Mission to the Philippines, 1938-39.

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