Memorial Mass – Dr. Edward M. Sullivan, PSD

EVENT: Memorial Mass for SK Dr. Edward M. Sullivan, PSD, FDD, PGK
DATE: Wednesday, January 23, 2018
LOCATION: St. Mary Mother of God Church, 727 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
NOTES: SK Edward M. Sullivan was the State Deputy of the District of Columbia from 1989-1991, a member of many DC Councils, Assembly 151, and the Archdiocese of Washington J. Kemp Cook 4th Degree Memorial Choir 

Priests wishing to concelebrate and Deacons and seminarians wishing to assist may e-mail [email protected] for coordination.

The DC State Council of the Knights of Columbus and the DC Knights of Columbus Charities are accepting donations in Ed’s honor for scholarships for seminarians. Learn more here:


JULY 1931 – JANUARY 2019

Edward Malcom Sullivan left us on Jan. 4, 2019.  His was a life of love for our Lord, Jesus Christ and an outspoken devotion to His Blessed Mother, Mary.  If ever there was a model for the “faithful departed”, it surely is our brother Ed. He was born in July of 1931 in Pensacola, FL, in the old Sacred Heart Hospital on 12th Ave., to Bernard and Elizabeth Sullivan.  Ed’s brother Jerry, whom he was very close to, preceded him in death also here in Pensacola.  Both Ed and Jerry were very devout Catholics and had an enviable knowledge of our faith and biblical history.  This was most evident in their participation in many of the parish’s bible study classes.  Ed attended the original Sacred Heart Church and School in Pensacola; then on to Pensacola Catholic High, graduating in 1948.  He completed undergraduate work at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL and graduate work at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He then entered Naval Officer’s Candidate School earning a commission and served as a Civil Engineering Corps Officer from 1955-1958. 

After serving his country, Ed enrolled in Northwestern University, earning a PhD in Applied Management Research and Science.  Following this Dr. Ed moved to Washington, D.C.  working for the Society of the Divine Word from 1964-1972, then moving to the Center for Applied Research of the Apostolate (CARA), at The Catholic University of America where he worked from 1972 – 1985.  While in D.C.  he served the Knights of Columbus as a Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, District Deputy, and State Deputy for the District of Columbia.  Ed was adamant about the establishment of Knights of Columbus Council’s in the D.C. area colleges.  He was responsible for the establishment of the councils at The Catholic University of America, Georgetown University, and George Washington University.  Further, his work thru the pontifical organization, John Paul II Institute on the Family, was well known throughout the D. C. metroplex. 

Of particular note was his ability to get college Knights to consider, and in many cases, enter the priesthood.  He was an ardent member of the National Christopher Columbus Association and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  When his brother Jerry, passed on, Ed decided it was time to return to his Pensacola roots and live what we here refer to as “the good life”.  He moved into his family’s home on the corner of Hernandez and 10th Ave.  Ed immediately became very active in his old Sacred Heart Church, now Cathedral, Parish. He frequently attended daily mass, served as Advocate in the cathedral’s new Knights of Columbus Council, provided his eloquent voice to the parish music ministry, and was an active member of the small but dynamic Cathedral Men’s Association. 

These accolades can’t begin to describe the magnitude of this renaissance man’s contribution to his church and nation.  He will be truly missed.  However, we know that the reward he now possesses is filled with a love beyond all our understanding.

Call Trahan Funeral Home/850-438-3265 or Sacred Heart Cathedral/850-438-3131 for funeral specifics.

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