The Grace of Encounter: Transformative Solidarity – Sean Callahan


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Walk Of Accompaniment

“Whenever we do something together, something good, something beautiful, everyone changes. All of us change in some way and this does us good.” — Pope Francis

One of the dominant themes Pope Francis uses is “encounter,” urging Catholics to go out to the peripheries, especially to the poor and the marginalized, and encounter other persons. Illustrated by personal experiences of encounter from his international work in humanitarian aid with Catholic Relief Services, Sean will discusses the transformative power of encounter.


Sean Callahan is president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. A 28-year veteran of CRS, Sean, had held a wide variety of leadership roles overseas and at agency headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. As regional director for South Asia from January 1998 to May 2004, Sean strengthened CRS’ programming and partnerships in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. He worked closely with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and the Missionaries of Charity, represented CRS at the Asian Bishops Synod in 1998, and led the regional response to floods, droughts, earthquakes, cyclones and man-made emergencies. Prior to his assignment to South Asia, he served as director of Human Resources at CRS world headquarters in Baltimore. Before that, he served as director of the CRS Nicaragua program, and worked in West, Central and Southern Africa and in Costa Rica. Sean and his wife Piyali have two children. Sean is a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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