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When reciting a prayer, Lewis chants the way he heard Father Cahalen do it during Mass [The Figure in the Shadows; 54].

About the Character

Mentioned only in passing, it is unclear whether the unnamed priest is one living and working in the New Zebedee parish or someone Lewis remembers from Milwaukee.

Inspiration

The character appears to be named after Marshall priest James Calahan, who served Saint Mary's Catholic Church from 1908 to 1919.  Other names from Saint Mary's that Bellairs incorporated into his fiction include Baart and Higgens.

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