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FATHER DOMINIC O'SULLIVAN

Biographical notes


 

Fr Dominic died peacefully on Sunday, 10 February 2008, in the afternoon aged 82.  He was born on the 24 August 1925 in Waterville, co Kerry, Ireland. 

 

He was ordained to the Priesthood at St. Johnís Seminary, Wonersh by Archbishop Cowderoy on 12 June 1952.  In January 1971 he was appointed to St. Raphaelís as a curate to Canon Bernard Grady, the then Parish Priest.  After the Canonís retirement in 1986 he succeeded him as Parish Priest. 

 

Fr. Dominic retired in 2002, shortly after his Golden Jubilee in the priesthood (see below).  Following retirement, he continued to live in the parish and, until his health began to fail, he continued to come to the church daily and concelebrate Mass with Fr. Vincent. 

 

Fr. Dominic was a much loved Parish Priest.  He had a natural affinity for people and stood by them through difficult times.  He will always be remembered by parishioners as a most caring and loving shepherd of his flock who wanted to be with them to the end of his life.

 

 


 

Fr. Dominic's Golden Jubilee celebration in 2002

 

 

 

A brief report on the day

 

Some 300 people packed into St Raphael's Church on Sunday 16 June 2002 to attend Fr Dominic's Jubilee Mass at noon.  Fr Dominic concelebrated Mass with Father Anthony Ford, former parish priest of Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth, and Father Michael Gwinnell, former Dean and Parish Priest at St Ann's, Kingston Hill.  Father Gabriel Okoye from Nigeria assisted, as did ten altar servers.  The St Raphael's Choir sang the Missa de Angelis.  

 

Fr Gwinnell, who was ordained in the same year as Father Dominic, gave the homily.  He spoke about Fr Dominic's service to God and the community in two parishes: Sevenoaks and Surbiton.  As a teacher in Sevenoaks, he was an inspiration to a number of young men who subsequently became priests.  One of those men was Father Anthony Ford who spoke of the help and example Fr Dominic had given him in those early years. 

 

After Mass, people gathered in the gardens of the Church to eat and drink and congratulate Father.  Short speeches focused on respect and love for him and his dedication over many years.  Father Dominic was presented with a Papal Blessing which had been obtained by his brother, Nigel O'Sullivan, in the form of a framed photograph of Pope John Paul II.  Nigel had travelled to Rome to collect it.  Parishioners presented Fr Dominic with a framed photograph of the beautiful stained glass windows above the St. Raphael High Altar, champagne and a cheque.  A photographer from the Surrey Comet was there to capture the occasion.  The weather was perfect!  For further details link here.  See also:

 


GOLDEN JUBILEE ORDER OF SERVICE

 with more biographical notes

 

Link

 

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