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“I just found out about the passing of a great Pastor, teacher and friend. He did so much for my son and our family. Now, he can watch over all of us. ”
1 of 50 | Posted by: Robert Spillman - Port Orange, FL

“Father Callahan, you were my "conscience teacher." Rest in peace with Christ, good man. And thank you for touching my life. ”
2 of 50 | Posted by: Michael Cheetham - South Euclid, OH

“Fr. Callahan was our teacher and our friend at Saint John College. He taught us how to be reflective thinkers. That always stayed with me. Over...Read More »
3 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“Condolences and gratitude for sharing a blessed mentor and friend. Father travelled to Pittsburgh December 18, 1971 for our wedding. I will always...Read More »
4 of 50 | Posted by: Dianne Graft Klimo - Yukon, OK

“Nelson was a the first professor and priest to invite us up to the altar to "celebrate" the eucharist with him. He also taught me how parishes were...Read More »
5 of 50 | Posted by: Rev. Diane Dougherty, ARCWP - GA

“RIP Father Callahan. ”
6 of 50 | Posted by: Anna Delacruz

“I remember Nelson taking us to chase river boats while at St. John's. We also went to Madison on several occasions. He made summer school so...Read More »
7 of 50 | Posted by: Sister Edna Slyck, RSM - Ithaca, NY

“I am a little late with my message as I just saw the obituary in the Universe Bulletin. I never met Father Callahan but I am eternally greatful for...Read More »
8 of 50 | Posted by: Carolyn Kemery - Willoughby, OH

“My Heartfelt Sympathy to the Callahan Family. This sad news has just reached me. You are all in my heart and prayers. Loretta Porter ”
9 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“Remembering such a caring, intelligent priest who taught us religion weekly at St. Peter High School (on E.17th and Superior), back in the 60's....Read More »
10 of 50 | Posted by: Rita Witz-Svoboda - North Olmsted, OH

“I am grateful to Father Callahan for sharing his knowledge and faith as our priest at St. Raphael. He was compassionate and helpful through...Read More »
11 of 50 | Posted by: Lynne DesLauriers - Oak Park, IL

“Fr. Callahan use to occasionally say mass at Our Lady of Angels, I always enjoyed when he did. He had such a great personality. He always stopped...Read More »
12 of 50 | Posted by: Lisa

“The Callahan Family : Sorry to hear ( belatedly } of Father Nelson's passing .He was truly an inspiring priest , scholar , educator, author and will...Read More »
13 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“Introspective was his speciality and I find myself thinking about what I'm thinking about all the time. The 1980 graduating class of St. Raphael was...Read More »
14 of 50 | Posted by: Cindy Verbiak - Olmsted Township, OH

“Fr. Callahan was a great man and a born leader. Our family has belonged to St Raphael's Church for nearly 50 years. We have both celebrated and...Read More »
15 of 50 | Posted by: Julie Pochatek Packer - GA

“Fr. Callahan came to St. Raphael to be pastor during my grade school years there. He once recommended Richard McBrien's textbook on catholicism to me...Read More »
16 of 50 | Posted by: Mary DuMont Brower - Houston, TX

“I and my family attended St Raphael's Parish in Bay Village, Ohio from 1969 thru 1977. We loved Bay Village and we loved St Raphael's. Fr....Read More »
17 of 50 | Posted by: Jim & Helen Manning - FL

“I have never forgotten my theology lectures with Father Callahan at St John College. I am grateful to have known him. ”
18 of 50 | Posted by: Toni Zaremba Pestro - Cincinnati, OH

“I was one of Father's athletes from St. Agatha my name is Don Murphy graduated from Holy Name in 1967 I credit Father for many things that fused a...Read More »
19 of 50 | Posted by: Talmadge Murphy - Cleveland, OH

“My sympathies are extended to Fr. Callahan's family. He gave me encouragement during a very hard time in my life when I was diagnosed with cancer and...Read More »
20 of 50 | Posted by: Lucy Mattes - North Olmsted, OH

“You were a positive loving kindhearted Father to many. You will be missed. ”
21 of 50 | Posted by: Aimee Gardner-Thompson - Lorain, OH

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Fr. Callahan. I was blessed to have known him as a student of St. John College in the 70's when he was...Read More »
22 of 50 | Posted by: Rita Smith - Westlake, OH

“Father, you were a great man! I will never forget the compassion and support you gave me when my grandmother died in 1977 and the comfort you gave...Read More »
23 of 50 | Posted by: Michael Honohan - Westlake, OH

July, 1978; Pierce baptism
24 of 50 | Posted by: Loretta Pierce

“Father Nelson was a blessing to so many lives. Love and prayers to his entire family. ”
25 of 50 | Posted by: Judy Buckley - North Olmsted

“I was a student at St. John College when Fr. Callahan was there on the faculty. He was a wonderful teacher and mentor. So lucky are all of us who...Read More »
26 of 50 | Posted by: Cathy Hagedorn Regan - San Diego, CA

“Thank you for all you did for us at St. Raphael's Fr. Callahan! You were a special and intelligent priest. May you rest in peace! ”
27 of 50 | Posted by: Andrea Kunath - Westlake, OH

“My sympathy goes out to all the family, especially Miriam and Ken. I knew Father Callahan best as the chaplain of the First Friday Club, where he...Read More »
28 of 50 | Posted by: Carolyn Powers Powell - OH

“As a member of St. Raphael Church, I always enjoyed Fr. Callahan's sermons. Every year he would give at least one sermon on introspection, a subject...Read More »
29 of 50 | Posted by: Jeff Walters - Bay Village, OH

“Thank-You Father Callahan. You encouraged the girls at St. Peter High School to THINK, to REFLECT and to CHALLENGE our idesa and our beliefs so that...Read More »
30 of 50 | Posted by: Marie Couture - Eugene, OR

“May God be with the family in this time of loss, and may the perpetual Light shine upon Fr. Callahan. Fr. Callahan did much for me over the years in...Read More »
31 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“Father taught us Theology class and we all loved him. He was a very good man and priest! He will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers as he...Read More »
32 of 50 | Posted by: Linda Riggs Evancic - Mentor, OH

“Thank you Father Callahan...You taught religion classes at St. Peter High school for girls..in 1967 &8..I still appreciate the 'philosophy you...Read More »
33 of 50 | Posted by: Clara (Parks) Weber - OH

“A very special priest I am still thinking about what I am thinking about. It was from a sermon at St Raphael's in the 70"s C Vollmer ”
34 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to the family. May your heart be filled with joy as your reflect on the precious times you shared. May you seek God's guidance and...Read More »
35 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“Rest with the Angels, Fr. Callahan, and thanks for yourcontributions to Cleveland Catholic History..... ”
36 of 50 | Posted by: Shirley

“My family has lived in Bay Village for over forty years. Father Callahan was a great priest to us and will be missed more than ever. God rest his...Read More »
37 of 50 | Posted by: Carolyn Peplin - Bay Village, OH

“Fr. Nels was a friend and great advisor to me. We shared many common ideas and interests. I give thanks to God for his priesthood and friendship. He...Read More »
38 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“Father Callahan was well loved by all the student nurses at St. John college,including my sister Bonnie Quinn in 1972. The Lord called her home that...Read More »
39 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“Our deepest sympathy to the entire Callahan family. ”
40 of 50 | Posted by: Gene & Sharon Pfaff - Bay village, OH

“Father Callahan was an inspiration to countless young people as a coach, teacher, mentor, confidant and a friend – my best friend ever. The Good...Read More »
41 of 50 | Posted by: Joe Fridrich - Bedford, TX

“Father was a great friend of my youth. He offered knowing consolation that made all the difference - when my parents died within a few years of each...Read More »
42 of 50 | Posted by: Maureen Donnelly Hess - Westlake, OH

“Great priest , and coached a bunch of bring your own equipment football and basketball players at St. Pats in West Park. Was a great friend to our...Read More »
43 of 50 | Posted by: Dan. Fridrich - Omaha Neb.

“What a great teacher and mentor of the young people he was. Thank you, Father. My brothers and I will keep you in our prayers, even though we know...Read More »
44 of 50 | Posted by: Anne Fridrich Jerins - Omaha, NE

“Father Callahan was such a kind, gracious, and "gentle man." We were blessed for so many years; he touched so many of us. He is now actually...Read More »
45 of 50 | Posted by: Pat Duchon - Cleveland, OH

“Fr. Callahan was a great friend and first coach to a bunch of eager 7th and 8th grade athletes as well as a knowledgeable advisor to young and not so...Read More »
46 of 50 | Posted by: Tom Musbach - Cincinnati, OH

“Ffr. Callahan will be missed as a friend and inspiring teacher. His love of Cleveland and the Great Lakes made us appreciate our community. His warm...Read More »
47 of 50 | Posted by: Loretta and Dan Pierce - OH

“My heartfelt sorrow and prayers go out to Fr. Callahan's family. I attended St. Raphael School and parish. Fr. Callahan was an amazing priest and...Read More »
48 of 50 | Posted by: Rochelle Deach Doyle - Roswell, GA

“Rest peacefully father. Thank you for all your guidance at St. Raphael's. May god bless you and keep you at his side in heaven!! ”
49 of 50 | Posted by: Edward Manning - OH

“Sorry to about the passing of Fr. Callahan. ”
50 of 50 | Posted by: Carrie Pfaff-Hale - Westlake, OH


REV. NELSON J. CALLAHAN age 85. Beloved son of the late Nelson J. and Mary (nee Mulholland) Callahan; loving brother of Dr. Kenneth (Joan) Callahan (both deceased) and Miriam (Gerald) Porter; dear uncle of The Hon. Kenneth Jr., Kevin, Christopher, Katherine and Collin Callahan and Miriam "Mimi", Dr. Mary Christine and Gerald Porter and great uncle of 11. In 60 years of Priesthood, Fr. Callahan was a Pastor, Associate, College Professor, Diocesan Archivist, Author and most recently Pastor of St. Raphael Parish in Bay Village for 28 years. Fr. Entered Eternal Rest Tuesday January 15, 2013. Funeral Mass Saturday January 19, at Communion of Saints Parish in St. Ann Church, 2175 Coventry Rd. at Cedar Rd. Cleveland Heights, Ohio at 1:00 pm. Vespers Friday January 18 in the Church at 3:00 PM followed by public visitation until 8:30 PM. Private family interment. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Ignatius High School Scholarship Fund or The University of Notre Dame, American Church History Archives.