Thursday, September 10, 2009

Rev. Daniel Sullivan, 81, Episcopal rector

Dan was a friend. May light perpetual shine upon him-

The Rev. Daniel Kilmer Sullivan, 81, of Bear Creek, Pa., retired rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, died Sept. 3 of a staph infection at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., where he had been visiting relatives.
For 23 years, Father Sullivan served Good Samaritan parishioners, who affectionately called him "Father Dan."

When he announced his retirement in 1995, colleagues described Father Sullivan to a reporter as a charismatic minister who transformed a struggling church into a vibrant parish.

"He's going to be missed," church member David Virtue said at the time. "The genius of the man is that he has been able to maintain a balance in the church with all the divergent forces that are here - from liberal to conservative. He's a pastor's pastor."

In 1989, Father Sullivan told The Inquirer that he had invited an evangelical preacher to Good Samaritan "to stretch the Main Line mentality a little bit. That mentality is preoccupied with money, looks, intelligence, and being cool."

Virtue said recently that Father Sullivan was always welcoming to new church members and had a gift for remembering names. Virtue, president of VirtueOnline, an Orthodox Anglican news service, remained friends with Father Sullivan after he retired.

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