December 29, 2016
Reverend Ralph R. HOGAN, 89, pastor emeritus of St. Thomas More Church, Narragansett, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
Born in Providence, a son of the late James B. and Helen G. (McElroy) Hogan, he attended public schools in Warwick. In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick Neck and at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a priest on June 7, 1952 in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence, by Bishop Russell J. McVinney.
Father Hogan was a teacher and chaplain at LaSalle Academy in Providence from 1952-1970. In that time, he served as part-time assistant pastor at St. John and St. Thomas parishes, Providence, from 1952-61 and 1961-70, respectively. In June 1970, he became assistant pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Providence. In September 1972, he was appointed pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Narragansett and remained there until June 1997 when he retired as pastor emeritus.
In addition to his other duties, Father Hogan was chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Providence County (1953); director of Vocations in the High Schools (1955); chaplain of the Friendship Circle Daughters of Isabella in Narragansett (1972); member of the Monsignor Clarke School board (1984-2008); Episcopal Vicar or Dean of Deanery 8 (1992).
After his retirement from parish administration, Father Hogan resided in Narragansett and assisted in various parishes. More recently, Father resided at St. John Vianney Residence, Providence.
Calling Hours are respectfully omitted.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of Father’s soul will be offered in St. Thomas Church, 65 Fruit Hill Avenue, Providence at 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
Burial will follow at St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.