Father Richard Hogan was a scholar, author, pro-life advocate

| June 16, 2011 | 5 Comments
Father Richard Hogan

Father Richard Hogan

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.

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  • Mary Scott

    Rest in peace, Fr. Hogan.

  • Jill Vujovich-Laabs

    Fr. Hogan guided me through many a theological challenge in college and gave me one of my first jobs out of school at Blessed Sacrament.  I owe him so much for enhancing, encouraging and guiding my faith.  I know that his work here has garnered him a wonderful place in heaven.  A loss for those of us still here, but a wonderful guardian angel to watch over us all. 

  • Jenny

    Father Hogan,
    You touched the lives of many while sharing TOB & NFP with others.  I am very thankful to God for priests like you in our lives, for those who, like you, give themselves in heart, mind, and soul to share something that they know can make a difference and change others’ lives for better, and for the eternity. All, out of love. Not only did you teach us through your talks and writings how we are all called to be a gift, but also was I a witness of your giving of self and dying to self for others, when you chose to be with your friend in his last moments, rather than giving the talks that you were appy and excited about.
    Thanks Fr. Hogan for teaching us about ourselves and our way to happiness through Truth and Love! And thanks for your love, and joy, when sharing these Truths! It made a big difference!
    Thanks for making those coming to you for help feel special, and that you cared about us! Please forgive all of us who did not respond accordingly, and intercede for us to have the grace to not miss it again.
    Fr. Hogan, you are missed, but I know that you are now interceding before Our good Lord for all of us, and for all those who love and know what the teachings of JPII can do to the entire humanity, once spread and lived out. We have not lost you; we have gained a friend in heaven.
    May Our Father in Heaven look at your love and may it be multiplied in grace for all those who have been and will be touched by your teachings, for they will be spread out until eternity.  For what you did, impacted the cosmos.
    Gracias Fr. Hogan; enjoy the fullness of life with our Loved Ones Above.
    Jenny Beraun

  • David Pomerleau

    I will never forget how you moved me through the toughest times in my life.  I can’t wait to see you in Heaven!  Love, David Pomerleau

  • Jeannine Malone

    I just finished my first TOBI and Philosophy of JPII and I heard your name mentioned several times. Fr. Richard Hogan, please pray for me as I try to understand the teachings of JP II and discern the will of my Father in Heaven. Amen.