Martin Sullivan (priest)

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Martin Gloster Sullivan, KCVO (30 March 1910 – 5 September 1980) was an Anglican Dean in the third quarter of the 20th century.

He was born in Auckland[1] and was educated at Auckland Grammar School and the University of Auckland. He was ordained in 1934[2] and began his career with a curacy at St Matthew's, Auckland.[3] After that he held incumbencies at Grey Lynn and Te Awamutu. During the Second World War he was a Chaplain to the Forces and when peace returned Principal of College House, Christchurch. In 1950 he was appointed Dean of Christchurch and vicar-general (1951–1961).

Moving to London he was appointed Rector of St Mary's, Bryanston Square in 1962, then Archdeacon of London the following year.[4] In 1967 he became Dean of St Paul's,[5] a post he held for a decade. An eminent author; amongst others he wrote “Children Listen”, 1955; “On Calvary’s Tree”, 1957; “Approach With Joy”, 1961; “A Dean Speaks to New Zealand”, 1962; and “A Funny Thing Happened to me on the way to St Paul’s”, 1968.[6] In 1965 he was made a Freeman of the City of London.

He died in 1980 at Auckland University. He had married Doris Rosie Grant Cowen in 1934 (died 1972) and remarried Elizabeth Roberton in St Paul’s Cathedral in 1973. He had no children.


  1. ^ “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory Lambeth, Church House, 1976 0108153674
  3. ^ Church web site
  4. ^ The Times, Friday, Jun 21, 1963; pg. 14; Issue 55733; col E Ecclesiastical News New Archdeacon Of London
  5. ^ ”The Deans”, Beeson,T.R: London, SCM, 2004 ISBN 0-334-02987-2
  6. ^ Davidson, Allan K. "Martin Gloster Sullivan". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011.