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Rev. Joseph F. Callahan C.S.C.

Rev. Joseph F. Callahan C.S.C.
  • February 28, 1944 - April 21, 2019
  • Easton, Massachusetts

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“Father Joe was such a wonderful, kind, and gentle man. He was always ready with a smile and a laugh. I have been attending the Matt Talbot group 27W...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Aaron Gauthier - Millbury, MA

“Joe was my friend in high school. He was kind, loving and generous and approached us with his big toothy smile. I am so sorry to learn of his passing...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Sandra Clinger - Bridgeport, CT

“I remember doing a reading at a Matt Talbot retreat during mass. Some of the geographical names were a bit difficult, so Father Joe told me to use...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Annie Keith - WAREHAM, MA

“Deep Bow ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Cheryl Davis - Hanson, KY

“Thank you, Fr. Joe for your gentleness, wonderful sense of humor, and your willingness to always help out. You will be sorely missed. May you rest...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Danahy - Brockton, MA

“I will remember your warm face, your beautiful voice and your love of snacks! We will miss you very much ....till we meet again rest in peace...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Jean Barrineau /Kintigos - MA

“Fr. Joe will be missed. He helped us out with many funerals in Brockton, MA in past years. He consoled the grieving families with compassion and love...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Greg Belcher - Brockton, MA

“My sincere sympathies to all the Holy Cross Retreat House community. Many wonderful memories of Cursillo Weekends as well as times of spiritual...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Thomas Lopes - Fall River, MA

“First encounter was at my first W-20 Womens' Retreat nearly 5-6 years ago. His welcoming smile, his soothing voice, his joy in Singing and Praising...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Ehra Rodriguez - Springfield, MA

“I only met Fr Joe about a month ago. Such a kind and sweet man. May he be at peace. Rory ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Rory Slye - Bridgewater, MA

“Dear friend to many, loved by all,you will be in my prayers. God Bless and keep you dearest Fr. Joe. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Dan Murphy - Weymouth, MA

“Joe and I were friends from childhood, growing up in Bridgeport, Connecticut and then reconnecting when he began his studies at Stonehill. I...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Brian Wallin - North Keep ngstown, RI

“My dear Fr Joe how can I express what knowing you has meant to me. You gave me spiritual guidance, counsel and friendship. I will miss your stories...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Marcia Kean - West Roxbury, MA

“I am so very sorry for your death I only met you 2 times My good friend Melina introduced us God Bless you and your family I will never forget how...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Donna Luippold - NA 7o easton, MA

“The best of the life was so enriched when I crossed paths with For. Joe through Cursillo. I'm sure he is singing away with the host of...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Marquardt - East Bridgewater, MA

“You are one of the sweetest man I've ever know. So many lives you had touch and we are all blessed to have known you. ❤ ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Paula Tolley - Norwood, MA

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EASTON, Mass. – Rev. Joseph Francis Callahan, C.S.C., 75, died at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, Mass., on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.

He was born on February 28, 1944 in Bridgeport, Conn., to Francis A. and Margaret (Shannon) Callahan, and attended Notre Dame High School in Bridgeport, Conn. He graduated from Stonehill College, North Easton, Mass., with a Bachelor of Arts in theology in 1966, and was received into the Congregation of Holy Cross on July 15, 1962. He professed his First Vows on July 16, 1963, then obtained a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome, Italy in 1969. On April 1, 1970, Fr. Callahan made his final profession, then obtained his master's in theology from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind. He was ordained to the priesthood on November 21, 1970.

After ordination, Fr. Callahan returned to his high school, Notre Dame High School in Bridgeport, Conn., where he taught until 1972. He joined the Holy Cross Mission Band in North Easton, Mass., in 1972, and from 1973 to 1977, served in Appalachian Ministry in Owingsville, Ky. He entered Province Service in 1977, serving as Justice & Peace Director, Assistant Provincial, and Provincial Councilor of the former Eastern Province over the course of five years. In 1982, he was elected Provincial Superior of the Province, and served in this capacity for six years. In 1990, he obtained a D.Min. at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., then served in parish ministry at Sacred Heart Church, Bronx, N.Y., from 1990 to 1992. From 1992 to 1994, he served as Parochial Vicar at the Church of St. Theresa in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., then as Parochial Vicar of the Church of St. Casimir in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. (1994 to 1999). From 1999 on, he served as Director and Spiritual Director of the Holy Cross Retreat House in North Easton, Mass., on the campus of Stonehill College, where he also resided.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Francis and Margaret Callahan; and sisters, Vivian Callahan and Margaret Sanford.

He is survived by his sister, Patricia (Robert) Hoyt of Little River, S.C.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 1, 2019) at the Chapel of Mary, Stonehill College, Easton, Mass., with a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday (May 2, 2019) at Holy Cross Parish, Easton, Mass. Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Community Cemetery at Stonehill College. Kane Funeral Home of Easton, Mass., is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in support of the mission and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross via: United States Province of Priests and Brothers, Office of Development, 500 Washington Street, North Easton, Mass. 02356-1299 or online at