Father Neil Sullivan was born in New York City and raised in Harrisburg growing up in Holy Family Parish and graduating from Bishop McDevitt High School in 1986. Father Sullivan received his priestly formation at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Philadelphia and was ordained a priest in 1997.  He holds undergraduate degrees in Communications and Philosophy as well as a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology.  Father Sullivan has served in parishes in Lancaster, Camp Hill, Steelton, and Harrisburg as well as a high school chaplain. He served for ten years as the Director of the Diocesan Office of Worship and Liturgical Master of Ceremonies for the Diocesan Bishop during which time he did his advanced liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. In addition to his parish responsibilities, Father Sullivan is the Director of Spiritual Formation for the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program of the Diocese of Harrisburg.  He also is a member of the Diocese of Harrisburg’s College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, and Priests Continuing Formation Committee.  He is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.   

Father Sullivan strives every day to build bridges between heaven and earth by bringing Jesus to people and people to Jesus. Having served as parochial vicar at Good Shepherd for just 364 days in 2000/2001, he was installed as pastor on June 30, 2019. Father Sullivan is happy, honored, and humbled to be back at Good Shepherd and serve the People of God here. He is inspired by the faith and devotion of our parishioners and looks forward to the great things to come.

Areas of Ministry: Pastoral Care, Liturgical Ministry, Sacraments, Evangelization, Administration, Communications, Parishioner Engagement, Environment and Art, Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Time and Talent, Stewardship, Faith Formation, Pastoral Planning, Evangelization, Knights of Columbus, Council of Catholic Women, Young Adults

Favorite Saint: Saint Francis de Sales

Favorite Thing about Good Shepherd: Witnessing how God is acting in and through our parishioners.

When Not Serving at Good Shepherd: I love Philadelphia and all things Philly! I like spending time with family and friends, watching movies and documentaries, reading mysteries, going to the Jersey Shore, and walking my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Charlie.

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them, every day begin the task anew.” ~Saint Francis de Sales

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