Sr. Anne Sullivan, OP, STD Memorial

Sr. Anne Sullivan, OP was born March 19, 1935 and entered eternal life September 25, 2018 at the age of 83.  Her life was blessed by a loving nurturing Irish Catholic family.  She was the second oldest of eleven children born to Leonard and Mary Edna Sullivan in the Bronx, NY and later lived in Tappan, NY.  Her personality is described by many as keen witted, hard-working and earnest in all she undertook whether it be fixing things with her tools and handiwork, cooking a fine delicious meal, or tackling all sorts of jobs to be done.  Her mother and father nurtured Sr. Anne’s faith in God providing a wonderful home life surrounded day to day in sharing, family events and celebrations with Irish good humor in the mix of it all.  Her Catholic School education from grade school through college extended what was present in her home and laid the foundation of her Dominican vocation in Religious Life. 

Sr. Anne entered the Community of the Sisters of St. Dominic after having graduated from Caldwell College (University) on September 8, 1957. She received the Dominican habit on June 7, 1958, made first profession on June 13, 1959, and final profession on June 13, 1965. As a professed Sister, she was given the name Sr. Anne Brendan, OP.  Her ministry and service to the Church spanned her life as an educator who dedicated herself to study, research, writing/publications and teaching the Word of God at all levels – elementary, secondary, collegiate and adult education.  She spent her first 15 years in the elementary school and secondary school ministry not only teaching but engaged in extra-curricular activities.   She served as a professor of Theology and Scripture at Caldwell College (University), 14 years as a professor of Scripture and Theology at Seton Hall University, South Orange – and while there served in the Office of Campus Ministry.  She then spent 12 years presenting Sacred Scripture as part of the Adult Education Series offered by the Archdioceses of Newark and New York.  Sister Anne served on the Caldwell College (University) Board of Trustees and the Dominican Sisters’ Lumen Center Advisory Board.

In her Dominican call to teach and preach, Sr. Anne excelled in her studies earning a BA and Teaching Certificates at Caldwell College (University), an MA in Theology from Providence College in Rhode Island and an STD in Sacred Scripture and Theology from the Immaculate Conception Seminary, Washington, DC.  She spent a year studying at the Louvain School of Theology, Belgium in Sacred Scripture and Theology.  Sr. Anne enjoyed many hobbies and loved to travel given many opportunities in the United States, Europe and the British Isles.  She was a woman who gave generously of her time and talents to her family, friends and students.

Sr. Anne’s ministry continued in her later years as a resident patient in St. Catherine Health Care Center where she spent the last thirteen years of her life teaching and preaching through her acceptance of the progressive changes brought on by her affliction with Huntingdon Disease.  Her personal transformation from the active life she had led to that of dependency called her to witness what it means to bear the cross of suffering in imitation of her God while continuing to bring joy to those around her.  Her family, Sisters, friends and former students are grateful for Sr. Anne’s gifts she generously shared with each – a teacher to the last in what is essential in life – the Word, Christ our Savior and Lord God of all.  Be at Peace, Sr. Anne and pray for us always.


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