|Assignment Record– Rev. Michael J. O'Sullivan
Summary of Case: O'Sullivan was a priest of the San Antonio, TX archdiocese who was removed from ministry in 1964, sent away to treatment, and not allowed to return to the archdiocese. The archdiocese did not make this fact known publicly until January 2012, when an accusation surfaced that O'Sullivan sexually abused a minor in the early 1960s. O'Sullivan went on to serve as a priest in the Savannah diocese until at least 1971, after which his whereabouts become murky. The Directories show him to be "On Duty Outside the Diocese" in Savannah until 1983, yet he is not listed in the Savannah pages. Beyond that the Directories list him only as "On Leave", without indicating where, his status changed to "On Leave" from 1994 on. The 1993 Directory does include a phone number associated with O'Sullivan with a San Francisco area code. The Directories exclude him after 2002. He is said to have worked in the Diocese of Clifton in England beginning in 2001. He died in Cork, Ireland in July 2015.
Died: July 2015
|St. Mary's||Fredericksburg||TX||This assignment is per the San Antonio archdiocese. The time frame for this assignment is not given.|
|St. Peter Prince of the Apostles||San Antonio||TX||This assignment is per the San Antonio archdiocese. The time frame for this assignment is not given.|
San Antonio archbishop was Robert Emmet Lucey (1941-1969)
|1960||St. Mary's||Victoria||TX||3/3, 3/4, 2/4, 2/3|
|1955||1960||Our Lady of Lourdes||Victoria||TX||This was a mission of St. Mary's|
|1960||1962||Blessed Sacrament||San Antonio||TX||2/3||Blessed Sacrament had a school with 630 students.|
|1962||1964||St. Vincent de Paul's||
• An accusation surfaced in January 2012 that O'Sullivan had sexually abused a minor in the early 1960s.
|TX||2/2||St. Vincent de Paul's had a school with 188 students.|
|1964||1965||On Sick Leave||Per a January 2012 public notice put out by the San Antonio archdiocese, O'Sullivan was removed from ministry in 1964, sent away for treatment, and was not allowed to return to the San Antonio archdiocese.|
Savannah bishop was Thomas Joseph McDonough (1960-1967)
|1966||On Duty Outside the Diocese/Sacred Heart of Jesus||Augusta||GA||3/3||Sacred Heart had a school with 150 boys and 135 girls.|
McDonough was succeeded as Savannah bishop by Gerard Louis Frey (1967-1972)
|1967||On Duty Outside the Diocese/St. Mary's on the Hill||Augusta||GA||3/3||St. Mary's had a school with 301 boys and 319 girls.|
|1967||1969||On Duty Outside the Diocese/St. John the Evangelist||Valdosta||GA||2/2||St. John's had a school with 117-120 boys and 135-109 girls.|
|1967||1969||On Duty Outside the Diocese/Queen of Peace||Lakeland||GA||This was a mission of St. John the Evangelist in Valdosta.|
|1969||1971||On Duty Outside the Diocese/St. Peter Claver's||Macon||GA||2/2, 1/1||St. Peter's had a school with 104-129 boys and 144-132 girls.|
Raymond William Lessard replaced Frey as Savannah bishop (1973-1995)
|1983||On Duty Outside the Diocese||Savannah||GA||The San Antonio archdiocesan pages of the 1972-1983 Directories do not indicate where in the Savannah diocese O'Sullivan might have been. His name was not found listed in the Directories' Savannah diocesan pages.|
|1983||1994||On Duty Outside the Diocese||The San Antonio archdiocesan pages of the 1984-1994 Directories do not indicate where O'Sullivan was outside of the diocese. The 1993 Directory does index him with a San Francisco, CA phone number (415-508-4776). A search through the San Francisco archdiocesan pages of the 1993 Directory did not yield a listing of O'Sullivan's name.|
O'Sullivan continues to be indexed as a priest of the San Antonio archdiocese, but the San Antonio archdiocesan pages of the 1993-2002 Directories do not indicate his whereabouts.
O'Sullivan is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory, and he is not listed in the 2003 Necrology pages (which indicates death was not the reason for his exclusion).
|2001||O'Sullivan died in Cork, Ireland in July 2015. He reportedly had worked in the Diocese of Clifton, England beginning in 2001.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-2003)
• San Antonio Archdiocese Public Notice, Jan. 29, 2012