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LONG-TIME PARK FOREST PASTOR, REV. DANIEL J. O’ SULLIVAN, DIES

Chicago, IL (December 17, 2008) – Fr. Daniel J. O’Sullivan, long-time pastor of St. Irenaeus Parish in Park Forest, died on Monday, December 15, at St. James Hospice, Chicago Heights, following complications from cancer. He was 72 years old at the time of his death.

Fr. O’Sullivan was born in Chicago and attended Resurrection Elementary School on the city’s northwest side. He graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of tbe Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained by Albert Cardinal Meyer on April 9, 1962. Fr. O’Sullivan said his first Mass at his home parish, Resurrection, later that month.

For six years, from 1962 to 1968, Fr. O’Sullivan served as the assistant pastor of St. Louise de Marillac Parish in LaGrange Park. In 1968, he was named assistant pastor of St. Ailbe Parish on Chicago’s south side, and served there for five years before being named pastor of Our Lady of Hungry on the south side in 1973. He was pastor of Our Lady of Hungary, the first Hungarian parish organized in Illinois, for 13 years. That parish is now closed.

Fr. O’Sullivan served as associate pastor of St. Gall on Chicago’s southwest side between June 1986 and January 1989, before being named pastor of St. Irenaeus Parish in Park Forest, on the southern edge of Cook County. He continued in this position until his death.

Visitation for Fr. O’Sullivan will be from 1 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 19, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, at St. Irenaeus Church, 78 Cherry St., Park Forest. Fr. James Friedel, O.S.A , will be the main celebrant and Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will preside at a funeral Mass for Fr. O’Sullivan at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, at St. Irenaeus Church. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Hillside, Illinois.

Fr. O’Sullivan is survived by two brothers, Neil Sullivan of Downers Grove and Jerry Sullivan of Tinley Park.

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