James John Hogan

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James John Hogan
Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown
In office 1966-86
Ordination December 8, 1937
Consecration February 25, 1960
by Bishop George W. Ahr
Personal details
Born (1911-10-17)October 17, 1911
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died June 14, 2005(2005-06-14) (aged 93)
Garvey Manor Nursing Home
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Education Camden Catholic High School
Alma mater St. Charles College

James John Hogan (October 17, 1911 – June 14, 2005) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania (1966–1986).


Hogan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and moved with his family to Camden, New Jersey, at a young age.[1] After graduating from Camden Catholic High School, he studied at St. Charles College in Catonsville, Maryland; St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore; and Pontifical North American College in Rome.[1] While in Rome, he was ordained to the priesthood on December 8, 1937.[2]

On November 27, 1959, Hogan was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Trenton and Titular Bishop of Philomelium by Pope John XXIII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on February 25, 1960 from Bishop George W. Ahr, with Bishops James A. McNulty and James Griffiths serving as co-consecrators.[2]

He was named Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown on May 23, 1966, and installed on the following July 6.[2]

(Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, June 16 2005) In 1994, James J. Hogan was found liable for the actions of a Catholic pedophile priest, Father Francis Luddy, (http://www.aopc.org/OpPosting/Supreme/out/J-208-2004.mo.pdf) The jury found that the diocese and Bishop Hogan "knew that (Luddy) had a propensity for pedophilic behavior." Evidence and testimony are amptly demonstrated (http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2003_01_06/2003_02_24_Evans_EvidenceReveals.htm). The diocese and Hogan were "negligent in retaining him (Luddy) and his activities." The diocese paid $1.2 million in damages initially, and an additional $1 million award is pending.

Hogan died at Garvey Manor Nursing Home in Hollidaysburg,[1] aged 93.

On March 1, 2016, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced that as Bishop, Hogan was at the forefront of a major cover-up scandal involving the sexual assault of hundreds of children by Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown priests.[3]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joseph Carroll McCormick
Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown
Succeeded by
Joseph Victor Adamec
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Trenton
Succeeded by