The Seasons of Fr. Michael Hogan
We take a moment to remember the man who built our parish:
- He arrived in Regina in August 1939, just prior to the outbreak of WWII.
- He studied at the Regina Cleri Seminary and was ordained on June 13,1943 at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina, SK.
- Served as a curate at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Regina 1943‒1947.
- First assignment as pastor (1948–1959) St. Andrews, Kenaston, SK.
- September, 1959, he started to say daily Mass in St. Andrew's School.
- From 1959–1968 he established Holy Cross Parish in Regina.
- St. John the Baptist, Estevan (1968–1971).
- Christ the King, Regina (1971–1980).
- St. Cecilia (1980– 1989).
- St. Martin de Porres (1989–1993).
- In retirement he provided Sunday ministry at Regina Pioneer Village and Pasqua Hospital.
- Some remembrances:
“Fr. Hogan recalls that during the final phase of construction of the church, the plastic dome over the altar was cracked when it was originally installed. The supplier and the installer blamed each other. A new dome was ordered which did not arrive in time to be installed prior to the blessing of the Church. The opening was covered with only a sheet of plastic which was not very secure or confidence-inspiring. Fr. Hogan tells us he prayed rigorously that it would not rain and claims his prayers were answered and is therefore taking credit for performing his first miracle.” Excerpt from Silver Anniversary Holy Cross Parish 1959-1984
“Father buried my dad. He was able to convey a spirituality and self worth as to the meaning of my father’s life that has stayed with our family since 1980. God Bless Him.”
“At his 100th birthday celebration a sharpness of wit that belied his age carried the day. His quickness of thought, Irish gentleness and ability to convey his love for others shone through on a day meant to honor him.”
Here is a link to a short video produced during the Year For Priests interviewing Fr. Hogan on how he came to the Archdiocese of Regina. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5doYKDxC_Y