Callahan Steps Down as Leader at Quixote Center
Fox, Thomas C., National Catholic Reporter
For decades, Bill Callahan has embodied a call for justice, one shared by a generation of U.S. Catholics moved by waves of idealism first thundering through their church in the 1960s.
Intelligent, confident, sometimes brash, but always hopeful, Callahan, then a young Maryland province Jesuit, cofounded at age 47, with Dolly Pomerleau, the Quixote Center in 1976. It was to be the answer to their emerging commitments to bring reform to their church and healing to the wider world.
Last week, the 79-year-old Callahan, now a soft-spoken man with a jutting, grey beard, deep-set eyes and solid jaw, still has his passions though his body is weakened by advancing Parkinson's disease. He recently underwent brain surgery to help stave off the illness.
This month he stepped down from his official leadership post at the center.
"Bill summons us to dream greater dreams," Pomerleau told NCR, "to achieve more than we think ourselves capable of doing.
"His ability to imagine a just world and a just church is paralleled with creative strategies that advance the issues and create grass-roots momentum. …