Father Richard Hogan, 59, pastor of St. Raphael in Crystal since July 1, 2009, died suddenly June 14.
He was born July 31, 1951, and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis May 30, 1981. After graduating from De La Salle High School and the University (then-college) of St. Thomas, he earned a Fulbright scholarship and studied in Germany. While completing a doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota, he began studies for the priesthood at the St. Paul Seminary.
He also had served at St. Mathias iin Hampton, St. Mary in New Trier, Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul, St. Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park and St. John Vianney and St. Augustine, both in South St. Paul.
Father Hogan co-authored “Covenant of Love — Pope John Paul II on Sexuality, Marriage and Family in the Modern World” with his then-priest friend, Bishop John LeVoire, bishop of New Ulm. He also wrote two additional books on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and was an author and editor for the Image of God series, a textbook program for Catholic religion programs for grade-school age children.
He served as associate director of Priests for Life for five years, regularly appeared on EWTN and hosted the “Theology of the Body” TV series.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at St. Raphael, 7301 Bass Lake Road, Crystal, and for one hour prior to the funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 20.