Sister Anne Callahan, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
Born in Lowell, MA, Sister Anne Callahan had studied two years at Emmanuel College, Boston before joining Maryknoll in 1955. She completed a B.E. at Mary Rogers College, earned a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Fordham University, and taught five years at Mary Rogers College.
Assigned to Hawaii in 1967, she spent ten years teaching in Maryknoll High School, Punahou and serving as Chairwoman of the Math Dept. and Principal. At the request of Maryknoll Sisters Leadership she served as the Congregational Treasurer from 1977 to 1984 and again from 2001 to 2004.
She began the Latin America phase of her mission journey in 1986, with language study in Cochabamba, Bolivia and working in a project for Guatemalan refugees in Mexico City. The refugee project was begun by a group of Sisters and priests who provided temporary housing for people fleeing the violence in Guatemala. They had a weaving project, mainly for widows, which also provided a market for weavers within Guatemala trying to sustain themselves. Mental health promoters trained women to deal with their personal trauma and help others. Sister Anne joined other Sisters in the Quetzal Etzna refugee camp in Campeche where they did pastoral work, living among the people.
As a member of the Maryknoll Sisters coordinating team, she couldn’t work from the camp and moved to Guatemala, responding to a pastoral need in Mezquital, an area outside the capital with people who had lost their homes in the 1976 earthquake or displaced people from the violence in the interior. She accompanied the people in pastoral work.
Sister Anne became a member of the Eastern U.S. Region in 2007 and was a volunteer in the Housing Advocacy Committee in the twin parishes of Most Precious Blood and St. Anthony of Padua in Baltimore, MD.
In 2016, Sister Anne returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center.