John J. Hogan brought the Catholic faith to Chillicothe in 1857. He was
pastor of the first St.
Columban's Church and was later elevated to Bishop of the St. Joseph
He was born in County Limerick, Ireland, May 10, 1829, came to the United States at age 18 and entered a Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Five years later, he was ordained a priest.
Eventually, he entered a "charming little town" in an open prairie surrounded by woods. It was Chillicothe, with about 1,000 inhabitants. He discovered one Catholic family, Mrs. Eliza Bell and children. Mr. Bell, a prominent lawyer, was not a Catholic. After assisting the family, they offered him a chapel and a temporary home, and Mr. Bell became a good Catholic.
Father Hogan continued as Bishop of Kansas City until his death at the age of 84 in 1913.
Altar September 13, 2005
HOGAN MEMORIAL SCHOOL