Sister Madeleine Callahan, 81, longtime teacher

February 23, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Sister Madeleine Callahan, O.S.B., who taught mathematics in elementary and high schools for 50 years, died Tuesday of a brain tumor at Stella Maris. She was 81.

In 1971, Sister Madeleine was a founding member of the Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore, which first was located in Severn. She had lived at the order's Emmanuel Monastery on West Joppa Road in Lutherville since she retired in 1985.

She taught at schools in Washington and New Jersey and in the Baltimore area at Martin Spalding High School, St. Leo, St. Philip Neri, St. Clement and St. Patrick parochial schools.

After she retired, she tutored students at a Catholic community school in South Baltimore and in 1987 became a volunteer at Beans and Bread in Fells Point. She worked there four or five days a week, helping to cooking meals for the needy.

"She loved her ministry at Beans and Bread and brought a personal touch of genuine care and concern for all those she served," said Sister Patricia Kirk, prioress of Emmanuel Monastery. She said Sister Madeleine's last day at the soup kitchen was Feb. 2.

"Sister Madeleine was someone who was about service to people. That's why we never thought of her as retired. She used her gifts for all the people," Sister Patricia said.

Born and raised in New York City, Sister Madeleine entered the order's St. Walburga Monastery in Elizabeth, N.J., in 1934.

A Mass of Resurrection will be offered at 11 a.m. today in the Stella Maris Chapel, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road in Towson.

She is survived by her sisters at Emmanuel Monastery; and a sister-in-law, Ida Callahan of New Jersey.

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