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HOGAN, John Joseph, R. C. bishop, born in Bruff county, Limerick, Ireland, 10 May, 1829. He studied at the village school of Holycross and under private tutors, came to the United States about 1847, settled in St. Louis, where he entered the Theological seminary, and in April, 1852, was ordained priest. After holding pastorates at Old Nines and Potosi, Missouri, he was in 1854 transferred to St. Louis, where he organized the new parish of St. Michael's and built its church. He afterward took charge of the northwest of Missouri, where there was neither Roman Catholic church nor priest, founded numerous missions, and also tried to found a Roman Catholic settlement in southern Missouri, but the civil war prevented its success. The new diocese of St. Joseph's was created on 3 March, 1868, comprising part of Missouri, and Father Hogan was consecrated as its bishop in St. Louis, 13 September, 1868. There were at this time but nine priests and eleven churches under the jurisdiction of Bishop Hogan. In 1880 the number of priests had increased to twenty-six and the churches to thirty. A Benedictine monastery was founded by Bishop Hogan at Conception, Missouri, and he also introduced various sisterhoods, by whose aid he carried on the work of the parochial schools. The new diocese of Kansas City was created on 10 September, 1880, and Bishop Hogan was appointed its bishop, retaining charge of the diocese of St. Joseph's as administrator, but residing in Kansas City. Schools were at once begun in nine parishes, the Redemptorist fathers founded a novitiate and college in Kansas City, and the Benedictine abbey of New Engelberg and several charitable institutions were established. In May, 1882, Bishop Hogan began to build the cathedral of the immaculate conception in Kansas City, and in 1884 the two dioceses under his jurisdiction contained 40,000 Roman Catholics with 75 churches and 80 priests.
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