Bishop Walter Francis Sullivan served as the Eleventh Bishop of Richmond, Virginia from July 19, 1974 to September 16, 2003.
Born in D.C., he attended seminary at St. Charles College and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. In 1960 he was awarded a degree in Canon law by Catholic University. Bishop Sullivan was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Richmond on May 9, 1953 and in 1960 became Secretary of the Diocesan Tribunal. He was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond on July 19, 1974.
Bishop Sullivan was widely recognized for his service as a national leader within the Catholic community in the cause of justice and peace. For a decade, between 1991 and 2001, he served as Bishop-President of Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 84.