Assignment Record – Rev. Francis W. "Frank" Callan, s.j.

Summary of Case: Francis W. "Frank" Callan was ordained a priest of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus in 1946. He was transferred often over the next three decades, from the diocese of Spokane to Great Falls, Boise City, Baker, Gallup, Tucson and Portland OR, working in parishes and schools. In the early 1970s he was assigned to a chaplaincy at Oregon State Hospital in Salem, where he stayed until his death in 1991. Callan's name was included in 2011 on a list of members of the Jesuits' Oregon Province identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse. The Province agreed to make the list public as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan. Details of accusations against Callan were not provided.

Ordained: 1946
Died: April 19, 1991


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1947 Alma College Alma CA  


Spokane bishop was Charles Daniel White (1926-1955).

1948 St. Aloysius Spokane WA 4/5 St. Aloysius had a school with 509 students.
1948 1949         Callan is indexed in the 1949 Directory as at St. Aloysius in Spokane, but he is not listed as there in the Spokane diocesan pages.
1949 1951 St. Mary's Indian Mission Omak WA   St. Mary's had a high school with 8 students and a grade school with 126 students.


Great Falls bishop was William Joseph Condon (1939-1967).

1956 St. Joseph's Hardin MT 2/2, 1/1 St. Joseph's had a religious vacation school with 95 students.


Boise City bishop was James Joseph Byrne (1956-1962).

1957 St. Stanislaus Lewiston ID 2/3 St. Stanislaus had a school with 119 boys and 97 girls.


Baker bishop was Francis Peter Leipzig (1950-1971).

1958 St. Mary's Pendleton OR 3/3 St. Mary's was affiliated with St. Joseph's Academy, which had a high school with 30 boys and 38 girls, and a grade school with 135 boys and 122 girls.
1958 1959         The 1959 Directory indexes Callan as at St. Mary's in Pendleton OR, but he is not listed as there in the Portland diocesan pages.


Spokane bishop was Bernard Joseph Topel (1955-1978).

1960 Mt. St. Michael's Scholasticate Spokane WA    


Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1962 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA    


Gallup bishop was Bernard Theodore Espelage, o.f.m. (1940-1969).

1965 Madre de Dios Winslow AZ   Callan is indexed in the 1963-1965 Directories as at P.O. Box 441 in Winslow, which is the address for Madre de Dios. He is not, however, listed at the parish in the Gallup diocesan pages.


Tucson bishop was Francis Joseph Green (1960-1981).

1968 Brophy Prep. High School Phoenix AZ   Brophy Prep. was a Jesuit bording and day school with 509-578 students.
1968 1969         Callan is indexed in the 1969 Directory as at Brophy Prep. in Phoenix, but he is not listed as there in the Tucson diocesan pages.


Portland in Oregon archbishop was Robert Joseph Dwyer (1966-1974), followed by Cornelius Michael Power (1974-1986). Power was succeeded by William Joseph Levada (1986-1995).

1970 St. Mary's Shaw OR 1/1; Administrator  
1970 1973         Callan is indexed in the 1971-1973 Directories as at Rt. 1 Box 470, Shaw OR.
1973 1991 Oregon State Hospital Salem OR Chaplain Callan died April 19, 1991.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1947-1992)

Jesuits Oregon Province website, accessed Dec. 7, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on March 10, 2014.