Brother Joachim M. Sullivan, O.S.A. (1941 - 2001)
Brother Joachim M. Sullivan, O.S.A. entered eternal life on October 2, 2001, following a long illness.
Joachim M. Sullivan was born on August 16, 1941 to Edmund T. and Mary C. (Wall) Sullivan in Chicago, Illinois. He was baptized Eugene Edward on September 10, 1941 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, Chicago.
After studying at Notre Dame High School for Boys, and following the death of his mother in 1957, Joachim and his father both entered the Augustinian formation program for brothers at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. His father left the formation program after a brief period, but Joachim persevered. He took the religious name of Joachim Mary. In 1960, he was received as a novice. He professed simple (temporary) vows in the Order of St. Augustine on September 4, 1961 and solemn (permanent) vows on September 4, 1964.
Brother Joachim served in the Maintenance Departments of Augustinian Academy, St. Louis, Missouri (1961-1962), and Austin Catholic High School, Detroit, Michigan (1962-1978). In 1978, he was named Coordinator of Religious Education at St. Augustine Church, Detroit. He then joined the staff of St. Peter Church, Douglas, Michigan, in 1989. In addition to providing pastoral care at the parish, he worked in prison ministry there too. In August 2001, Brother Joachim joined Our Lady of Grace Community at Marian Village, Lockport, Illinois. He was a member of that community at the time of his death.
During the years immediately following the Second Vatican Council, Brother Joachim read extensively, attended lectures, and participated in workshops about Scripture and theology. He helped several of his fellow Augustinian brothers and priests to become theologically updated. He is remembered as a quiet, kind, and deeply spiritual man.
Brother Joachim is buried in the Augustinian Plot at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois.