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The Rev. Sean M. Hogan, C.S.Sp., Celebrates 40 Years as a Spiritan

The Rev. Sean M. Hogan, C.S.Sp., executive vice president for student life at Duquesne University, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination on Sept. 24.

Born at Ballingarry, County Limerick, Ireland, on Aug. 26, 1941, Hogan was the second of eight children of Mary and Patrick Hogan. Educated at Rockwell College, Tipperary, he entered the Holy Ghost Fathers at Kilshane Novitiate, Tipperary, Ireland, in September 1959. He studied philosophy and theology at Holy Ghost College, Dublin, and taught at Blackrock College before joining the Spiritan Congregation. He was ordained at Holy Ghost College, Kimmage Manor, on Sept. 24, 1967.

From 1968 through 1975, Hogan performed missionary work in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya. As principal of Kiriku High School and pastor of Thika, his parish included 11 high schools, 27 grade schools and two hospitals. During those years, he was responsible for the construction of several churches, the development of several credit union projects and the building of the first youth center in Kenya, Thika Youth Center.

Hogan came to the United States in May 1975 and began his graduate studies at Duquesne University, receiving a master’s degree in education in 1976. His first administrative role at Duquesne was as associate director of development, where he had particular responsibility in the first capital campaign for law school development in 1980. In 1982, he became the first director of the office of international education at Duquesne University and founded the International Student Organization, a group that has grown from 15 to more than 600 over the past 25 years.

Since 1986, Hogan has “served God by serving students” through his many roles within the University’s Division of Student Life. He celebrated his Silver Jubilee at Duquesne in 1992. Executive Vice President since 1991, Hogan has touched the lives of generations of Duquesne University students.

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