Kilian (Kevin) Joseph Sullivan of Washington DC passed away on February 9, 2014. He was born October 2, 1955 to Mary Virginia (Schleuter) Sullivan and Michael Paul Sullivan in North Platte, NE. He attended McDaid Elementary and graduated from North Platte High School in 1974. He entered Conception Seminary College in Conception, MO and graduated in May, 1978 with a B.A. degree in music. He attended St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, CO for 1 year before entering the novitiate of Conception Abbey in 1979 and professed vows in 1980 taking the name of Brother Kilian. He attended St. Meinrad Seminary, St Meinrad, IN, graduating in 1989 with a Masters in Divinity degree and was ordained in May 1989.
Kilian then studied at Catholic University in Washington DC and received another degree in liturgical studies and music and returned to Conception Abbey where he taught music in the seminary and was very involved with the students and student liturgy. He later left Conception, returning to Washington DC where he was involved in directing musical liturgy and was a choir member of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. He was privileged to travel to Rome with the choir and performed solo for Pope John Paul II. At the time of his death he was involved with music ministry and employed by the Dept. of Commerce, Division of Public Affairs in Washington DC.
He is survived by eight siblings and their families, sisters, Elizabeth (DeWayne) Lancaster of Cody, NE, Julia (Mike) Merrill of West Haven, UT, and Angela (Steve) Harwick of Hastings, NE; brothers, Patrick (Cornelia) of Omaha, Philip (Debbie) of Suffolk, VA, Thomas (Kathy), and twin brother, Kelly all of North Platte, and John (Lisa) of Grand Junction, CO and all their children and grandchildren.
Kilian was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial will be established and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Christian Wake Services will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Richard Piontkowski as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at North Platte Cemetery. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.