2016-05-11 / Front Page

Bishop Sullivan Way

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, joined by Bishop DiMarzio, Our Lady of Hope parish, and community members, co-named a Middle Village Corner “Bishop Sullivan Way.”Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, joined by Bishop DiMarzio, Our Lady of Hope parish, and community members, co-named a Middle Village Corner “Bishop Sullivan Way.”Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan served Middle Village’s Our Lady of Hope parish from its founding in 1960 until his untimely death in 2013. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley secured the co-naming of 71st Street and Eliot Avenue after the late Bishop, on the corner where he spent decades faithfully celebrating mass with members of the parish.
“When Bishop Sullivan is remembered or spoken of in this community, we only hear fond and warm memories. We hear of his admirable faith, selfless service and fierce devotion to improving the lives of the people of New York. He was highly respected and greatly loved,” Crowley said. “His service remains unmatched by any other, and therefore, it is only right to display his name on this very corner, where he spent Sunday after Sunday for more than half a century. Growing up in a Catholic family, I know the importance a devoted priest. That is why I’m so happy to have this co-naming – because I understand the impact that Bishop Sullivan made on the lives in this parish.”
Bishop Sullivan’s work, however, was not confined to the local parish, Crowley noted. He served on numerous church and civic boards concerned with health and human services, such as the Human Resources Administration’s Task Force on Welfare Reform and was Chairman of the Social Development and World Peace Department of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He also served as Executive Director of Catholic Charities in Brooklyn and Queens, and under his leadership, the organization became the largest Roman Catholic human services agency in the country.
Before starting his work in public service, he was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn as one of 11 children.

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