Msgr. Francis G. ‘Fr. Fran’ O’Sullivan

November 27, 2015

Msgr. Francis G. ‘Fr. Fran’ O’Sullivan

Msgr. Francis G. “Fr. Fran” O’Sullivan- in Winchester, of Woburn, Wednesday, November 27th. Loving brother of Jeanne McCarthy and her husband John of Arlington. Devoted uncle of Stephen F. McCarthy of Roslindale, Brian T. McCarthy of Freeport, ME, Elaine J. McCarthy and Randolph, Briggs of Norwalk, CT, and Karen E. McCarthy of Groton. Cherished cousin of Stephen F. McCarthy of Roslindale, Brian T. McCarthy of Freeport, ME, Elaine J. McCarthy and Randolph Briggs of Norwalk, CT, and Karen E. McCarthy of Groton. Cherished cousin of Paul and Janet Andrews and their family of Woburn. He is also lovingly survived by several other cousins, relatives, and friends. A Funeral will be held in St. John the Baptist Parish, 17 Chestnut St, Peabody, MA, on Wednesday December 2nd at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday December 1st from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 2nd in St. John the Baptist Parish, 17 Chestnut Street, Peabody from 9 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the Funeral Mass at 11. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Msgr. O’Sullivan’s memory to, Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence, 186 Highland Ave. Somerville, MA. 02143, Clergy Fund of the Archdiocese, 2121 Commonwealth Ave. Brighton, 02134, as well as St. John the Baptist Parish, 17 Chestnut St. Peabody MA. 01960

OBITUARY:

Monsignor Francis G. O’Sullivan passed away peacefully, Friday, November twenty seventh surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Woburn he was the beloved son of the late Jeremiah and Mary “Mae” (Harkins) O’Sullivan. Always a “South Ender” Father’s family owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store right on Raised in the South End of Woburn Fr. O’Sullivan attended St Charles Elementary School and then on to Boston College High School in 1941. Father continued his educational pursuit at the College of the Holy Cross for his Bachelors Degree and then to Boston College for his Masters. Following his graduation from Boston College, Msgr. entered St. John’s Seminary, where he was ordained in May of 1947.

Father’s first assignment was at St. John the Baptist Church in Peabody, where he remained for several years. Then he was transferred to St. Joseph’s Parish in Somerville where he became the Director of Somerville Catholic Charities, for a good number of years. Somerville Catholic Charities joined with Cambridge Catholic Charities and Msgr. O’Sullivan became the Chief Director of this main organization.

As a result of his superb management and communication skills Msgr. O’Sullivan was appointed the Director of Catholic Charities. Msgr. O’Sullivan was responsible for many, many successful adoptions, fulfilling many family dreams. During this time he had also become the Director of the Red Feather Campaign, which later became the United Way.

In his later years, Msgr. Sullivan went full circle, having returned to St. John the Baptist Church in Peabody as its Senior Priest in residence. As his health began to slip he took up residence at the Little Sister’s of the Poor, some time at Regina Cleary, Marion Manor and then to Winchester Nursing Center.

Throughout Monsignor’s life, he was truly an outstanding gentleman, scholar and priest. He played all sorts of sports throughout his life and had been an active member of the Sinclair’s Baseball Team. He later took up golf and was an active member of the Salem Country Club right up into his mid eighties. He also had the privilege of hosting the Cardinal’s Cup, once again raising money for the different Catholic charities. He also was a very strong supporter of the Sisters of Notre Dame, as he credited them with assisting him in having a solid foundation in education.

Over the years, no matter where Monsignor O’Sullivan travelled or was stationed, he always remembered his roots, right here in Woburn. He returned home often and celebrated many Masses right here at his own Parish, St. Charles Church, celebrating both Weddings and Funerals for all those whom he met along the way and never forgot.

Sadly Francis was predeceased by his parents, Jeremiah and Mary “Mae” (Harkins) O’Sullivan.

He is lovingly survived by his sister, Jeanne McCarthy and her husband John of Arlington, his nieces’ and nephews, Stephen F. McCarthy of Roslindale, Brian T. McCarthy of Freeport, ME, Elaine J. McCarthy and Randolph Briggs of Norwalk, CT, and Karen E. McCarthy of Groton, his cousin Paul and Janet Andrews and their family of Woburn, as well as several other cousins, relatives, and friends.

A Funeral will be held in St. John the Baptist Parish, 17 Chestnut St, Peabody, MA, on Wednesday December 2nd at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday December 1st from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 2nd in St. John the Baptist Parish, 17 Chestnut Street, Peabody from 9 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the Funeral Mass at 11. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Msgr. O’Sullivan’s memory to, Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence, 186 Highland Ave. Somerville, MA. 02143, Clergy Fund of the Archdiocese, 2121 Commonwealth Ave. Brighton, 02134, as well as St. John the Baptist Parish, 17 Chestnut St. Peabody MA, 01960.

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  1. Dear Jeanne & Family – I am sad to hear of Fr Fran’s passing. I wished I knew so that I may have gone to his wake but when I think of Fr Fran I think of his wonderful smile, his way of making you feel special his sense of humor and how loyal he was to his Woburn family. I remember his ordination and how proud your parents were. But most of all I just remember what a wonderful man was. My deeoest sympathy to you and your family Carol Ring Burkey

  2. Paul and Janet,

    I just missed you by five minutes at the wake. I really wanted to see you both. I’m grateful that Father Fran married my parents and my brother and his wife. He also did a beautiful service for my father’s funeral and my grandfather. I’ve attended many other family services that he added such a personal touch to. Hopefully, his good memories will be of some comfort to you. May he rest in peace.

    Jayne Lee

  3. We were so sorry to hear of Father’s death. He was a kind and caring priest and was a wonderful boss to me and friend to us . We have so many wonderful memories of him at St Joesph Church . And ,oh the stories he would tell! God rest and Keep him.
    Nancy & Howard Johnson
    Rocheste,Vermontr

  4. Dear Jeanne and Family,

    Sorry to hear of the death of Father. I am sorry but I will not be able to extend my deepest sympathy but I will remember him and you in my prayers.

    Mary McGahey Thayer

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