Dominican Sister of Peace Loretta Sullivan

Sr. Loretta Sullivan, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Loretta (Mary Neil) Sullivan (87) died at the Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on January 17, 2019. One of two children, she was born in 1931 to Loretta Korn and Cornelius Sullivan of New Haven, CT. She attended St. Mary’s High School and was attracted to religious life by the joyful spirit of the teachers that she encountered there. She entered religious life in 1954.

Sr. Loretta earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Dominican University and was an enthusiastic elementary and secondary school teacher in Connecticut, New York, and Ohio. She returned to her studies at St. Mary’s Notre Dame in 1968, earning a Master of Arts in Scripture.

In 1968, Sr. Loretta was asked to combine her two passions – teaching and theology – to develop a religious education program for St. Mary’s parish in Marietta. She was eager to enter this relatively new area in the Church and continued her studies to be ready to serve those in her care. She earned her Master of Arts in Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School and her certificate of Clinical Pastoral Education from Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT.

Sister Loretta also served in the Religious Education office of the Archdiocese of Hartford, as Associate Vicar of Religious, and as the first Director of Human Resources for her founding congregation, St. Mary of the Springs.

In 1993, true to the Dominican charism, Loretta began to offer pastoral care, counseling, and therapeutic recreational opportunities to marginalized populations in 1993. She took particular joy in her work as chaplain for the State of Connecticut Department of Corrections, sharing God’s love with those who often had no hope.

Sr. Loretta returned to Columbus in her later years, where she was known for her gentle smile and kind, giving spirit. She also enjoyed sharing stories of her family, who she loved very much, with the Sisters at the Columbus Motherhouse and, later, at the Mohun Care Center.

Sr. Loretta Sullivan was preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius and Loretta Korn Sullivan.  She is survived by her brother Neil, her niece, Mara, nephew, Neil and two grandnephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, Ohio on Friday, January 25. The funeral liturgy was held on Saturday, January 26. Sr. Loretta was interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Loretta Sullivan’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219.

To download a printable PDF of this memorial, please click here.

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2 responses to “Dominican Sister of Peace Loretta Sullivan

  1. Sister Loretta taught my sister and me during the summer of 1969 at Annunciation School in Spanish Harlem, NYC. As recent immigrant children, ages 10 and 12, from the Dominican Republic, Sister Loretta’s joyful, loving spirit was a cherished guide and refuge. She took us under her wings, encouraging and ensuring that we focus on learning to speak English. Her efforts more than paid off, and by the start of that first school year, Ana and I were fluent enough to not only keep up with native English speakers, but to continue to be straight A students.

    I cannot say enough to illustrate the impact that Sister Loretta’s welcoming, loving, charitable spirit continues to have in my life. Though our paths did not cross again, even now, fifty years later, Sister Loretta’s kindness and joy lives on in my heart and memory.

    Sister Loretta, I love you. You are, indeed, a queen of hearts. May you rest in the glory of our Divine Mother Mary.

  2. Although Sister Loretta was 88, I’ll always remember her being young at heart. She had a joyful, welcoming spirit and was loved by all. A Sister of Peace is now truly at peace in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior.

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