Born September 4, 1916, Ms. Lauretta B. Sullivan died of natural causes at 102 years young on April 25, 2019. She was one of five charter members of the Ladies of Charity at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Catholic Church established in 1958 and its first president serving from 1958—1966. In addition, she was the oldest member of OLPH. Some could say, she was the Mother of the Church on “THE HILL.”
As a Lady of Charity, Ms. Sullivan served as an officer at all levels of the organization. She was the first Black President of the Archdiocese of Washington LOC serving from 1970-1972. At the District of Columbia Parish Units, she served as President, Secretary and Treasurer. Ms. Sullivan was a role model for the LOC always working for the underprivileged, especially children from low-income families. She never stopped working for the poor. We, at OLPH, have loss a true “MISSIONARY DISCIPLE.” Her work is done! May her soul rest in eternal peace.