Richmond, Va., Dec 13, 2012 / 15:35 pm
Bishop emeritus Walter F. Sullivan of Richmond, Va., a prominent advocate of social issues, passed away on Dec. 11at his Virginia home after recently being diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer.
The Diocese of Richmond remembered Bishop Sullivan as a "man of the Gospel" and "a priest who stood for justice, compassion and peace."
"We commend him to Our Lord Jesus and ask your prayers for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his beloved family and dear friends," the diocese said in a statement.
Bishop Sullivan led the Diocese of Richmond for three decades as its 11th bishop. Known for his work in justice and peace efforts, he also stirred controversy with some of his initiatives.