Fr. Dan Callahan SA

Fr. Daniel Callahan, SA

About Fr. Daniel Callahan, SA

3rd Councilor

Elected 3rd Councilor in 2014, re-elected in 2019, and currently serves as the Friars’ Mission Effectiveness Officer and Guardian of St. Paul Friary at Graymoor. Father Callahan, born in Buffalo, NY, made his final vows as an Atonement Friar in 1986.

Ordained in 1987, he served as the Associate Pastor of Christ the Redeemer in Sterling, VA, and of Church of the Reconciliation in Jamaica, West Indies. Father Callahan received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1977. He also holds a M.Div. from Catholic University in Washington, DC, (1985) and an M.A. in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University (2001). He is an MHA Credentialed Healthcare Administrator, with expertise in Mission Integration. He served as Pastor of St. Odilia’s Church in Los Angeles, CA. In 1996, he ministered to the chemically addicted at the friars’ St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake, NY. There he served on the executive team. He served as Vice President, Mission Services, for St. James Mercy Health System in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York. Father Callahan also served on the boards of Uihlein Mercy Center Lake Placid, and Mercy Center in Tupper Lake NY, and was also a member of the Stewardship Committee of Catholic Health East, parent company for 150 hospitals and healthcare centers from Maine to Florida.

Nicknamed the “Iron Friar”, Father Callahan is a highly accomplished athlete, having completed in more than 20 Ironman Triathlons to date, long distance competitions which require a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break.


Watch Fr. Dan Callahan’s vocation story here.