Oil Dedicated to Blessed John Sullivan
The Blessed John Sullivan healing oil is dedicated to the popular Dublin priest. John Sullivan was born in Dublin on 8 May 1861. He was raised in the Protestant tradition.
In December 1896 at the age of 35, he was received into the Catholic Church at the Jesuit Church, Farm Street, London. He became a regular visitor to Dublin hospitals and convents where he was a welcome visitor.
In September 1900 John Sullivan decided to enter the Society of Jesus. All who lived with him were struck by his dedication to prayer and to religious life. Despite his outstanding gifts, he never paraded his knowledge but was always careful to help others whenever possible.
He was ordained a priest on 28 July 1907. He was then appointed to the staff in Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare where he was to spend the greater part of his life as a Jesuit. He was always available to the sick, the poor, anyone in need. The power of God seemed to work through him and many were cured.
Fr John Sullivan died in the old St. Vincent’s Nursing Home in Leeson Street, a short distance from the Sullivan family home on 19 February 1933. Since that time, he has been revered by many as a saint. During his lifetime many flocked to him in times of trouble and anxiety, confident of the power of his prayers – and that confidence continues. He is still loved and remembered.
Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. It is used in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. The sick person applies the oil and blesses themselves. As they do so, they are asked to pray to whomever the oil is dedicated to. The Irish blessings oils do not have miraculous power. It is God who has the power to heal. Applying the oil while praying are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. Moreover, by doing so we place our trust in God.
Luke 10; 33-34. The Good Samaritan
“But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them”.