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Call No.: bMS 92
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Sullivan, William Laurence.
Title: Letters to Joseph S. Laughran, 1924-1935.
Quantity: 1 boxes
Abstract: Letters from Unitarian minister William Laurence Sullivan to Joseph S. Laughran. The letters span 1924-1935.
For related collections, please see bMS 467.
William Laurence Sullivan (1872-1935) studied for the Roman Catholic priesthood at Boston College and graduated from St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, in 1896. He also graduated from Catholic University in 1899 and was ordained as a Paulist priest that same year. In 1917, he received an honorary DD from Meadville Theological School. For nearly a decade, Fr. Sullivan wrote articles in numerous Catholic journals which were critical of Roman Catholic church officials. In 1909, Sullivan severed his ties with Roman Catholicism and wrote a polemic on papal authority, entitled Letters to His Holiness, Pope Pius X, which was published in 1910. Sullivan received Unitarian fellowship in 1912, and served parishes in Schenectady and Manhattan, New York, as well as Germantown, Pennsylvania, and St. Louis, Missouri. Sullivan also served as the mission preacher for the Unitarian Laymen's League. He also published several books, including The Priest: A Tale of Modernism in New England (1911), A Noble Adventure (1917), Unitarian Christianity (1922), and his autobiography, Under Orders (1944).
This collection consists of letters from Sullivan to Joseph S. Laughran. The letters are arranged chronologically.