“I join with the voices of others in our community and Church in expressing my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of [Gunnery Sergeant] Thomas Sullivan whose life was so tragically taken yesterday in Tennessee.
As a decorated member of our nation’s armed forces, he represented all that is good about our country, upholding our values and a willingness to put the needs of others ahead of self. Through his tours of duty, he sought to bring stability to corners of the globe too often visited by senseless violence.
At the same time he was a beloved son and brother, loved dearly by his family and fondly remembered by the Cathedral High School community as an upstanding student and alumnus.
I ask the entire diocesan community to remember Thomas Sullivan, and offer prayers of consolation for his family this weekend at all Masses.
And finally, let us all – those of every faith tradition – recommit ourselves to the cause of peace and understanding so that such misguided killings may not keep taking place.”
Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski
Bishop of Springfield, MA