Kansas City, MO – The sudden passing of Father Don Cullen, a beloved leader within the Archdiocese of Kansas City, has left family, friends, and parishioners in profound shock and sadness. He peacefully departed on Monday, November 27th, 2023, prompting an outpouring of grief and remembrance.
The news of Father Cullen’s passing was confirmed through a heartfelt Facebook post, inviting prayers for the solace of his departed soul and the comfort of those mourning his loss. Born to Charles and Nell Cullen, Father Don Cullen dedicated himself to serving the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas from 1971, commencing his ordained journey at the Queen of the Holy Rosary in Overland Park.
Throughout his illustrious career, Father Cullen’s service extended across nine different parishes within the Archdiocese. His impactful journey encompassed various communities, starting from Assumption Parish in Topeka to Saint Joseph Parish in Shawnee, and further to Saint Paul’s in Olathe, Saint John’s in Lawrence, St. Patrick’s in Osage, Saint Patrick’s in Scranton, and Saint Francis of Assisi in Overbrook.
His commitment and devotion led him back to Saint Paul’s in Olathe before assuming the role of Pastor at Saint Agnes from 1992 until 2005, where he imparted invaluable life lessons to eighth-grade students through his “Life Lessons 101” teachings. Father Cullen’s dedication extended beyond sacramental duties, contributing significantly to the spiritual and personal development of the students.
Retiring in 2013, Father Cullen continued his service by supporting fellow retired priests in local parishes. His passing has been met with tributes from various organizations, including The Leaven and St. Agnes Catholic Church, reflecting on his unwavering commitment to faith, his exceptional memory for individuals, and his impactful homilies that resonated deeply with congregants.
We are sad to share the news that Father Don Cullen passed away this morning. Please join us in praying for the soul of Father Cullen and for the comfort of his loved ones during this time of loss. Funeral arrangements will be announced here when finalized. pic.twitter.com/6dHYXH7yeJ
— The Leaven (@theleavenkc) November 27, 2023
Don Cullen Obituary
His funeral is scheduled for Friday, December 1st, at 11 a.m. at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, preceded by a rosary on Thursday, November 30th. The St. Agnes Catholic Church encouraged individuals to share their cherished memories and pictures of Father Cullen, highlighting his profound impact on the community. It is wrote in social media post,
“It was so easy to see Fr. Don Cullen, no matter how much time had passed since your last visit. He always remembered your name. Even if he had no other gift, his memory was amazing. But we all know his gifts didn’t stop there. His love of his faith and family. His acceptance of all who came to him. His gift of gab. His gift of his homilies to the point that all could relate. All felt that he was speaking to you.
“He made you feel that Jesus was speaking to you. Well Jesus is speaking to Fr. Don now, and telling him he has competed well, he has finished the race.
“He has done his job on earth. As Fr. Don embraced all when he saw you for the first time or for the hundredths time, Jesus and the Virgin Mary are now embracing him. If you have a favorite picture of Fr. Don we would love if you would share it with us. Tag us in your post, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Father Don Cullen’s legacy as a compassionate spiritual leader and mentor will continue to be cherished and remembered by the Kansas City Archdiocese for years to come.