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Requiescat in pacem, Fr. Richard Hogan

Fr. Hogan with Adrienne Keogler of Fairfield County CCL
The pro-life community mourns the untimely passing of one of her most dedicated servants- Fr. Richard Hogan who passed away on June 14, 2011 due to complications from diabetes. Most recently, Fr. Hogan worked with the Couple to Couple League to update the Natural Family Planning program for couples and teachers. Fr. Hogan was one of the first to bring Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body into study and popularity, writing books and giving talks on the subject over more than 25 years.

Sharing his knowledge and love for Theology of the Body and its teachings, Fr. Hogan served on the CCL Board of Directors for four years, and his booklets, "Is NFP Good", and "The Human Body...a sign of dignity and gift" are used in the training of CCL teaching couples. Fr. Hogan is featured in CCL's classes, on DVD, presenting talks as part of the pastoral portion of NFP instruction. Bishop William Lori invited Fr. Hogan to speak on Theology of the Body in the Diocese of Bridgeport's 2004 conference, Human Love in the Divine Plan, where he shared his knowledge and love generously.

Being one of the first to explore and publish on TOB, Fr.Hogan later hosted a TOB program on EWTN, and also answered questions on the NFP Forum on the EWTN website.

Serving full time at Priests for Life, Fr. Hogan was the only priest beside Fr. Pavone who was given permission to serve full time there, which he did for five years. "With the passing of Father Hogan, it is my prayer that we will continue to see more priests and deacons seek and receive permission to minister to the unborn on a full-time basis. Moreover, we renew the call for lay people to devote themselves full-time to the pro-life cause," Father Pavone said.

Fr. Hogan's influence will continue to touch the pro-life community and NFP couples for many years. CCL teachers have been touched by Fr. Hogan.  "He will be so missed..." says Pamela, "yet live on through our classes."

He will be greatly missed. Fr. Hogan, pray for us!

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