Hogg was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended Brown University and Philadelphia Divinity School. He was ordained a priest in 1941, and served as a curate, and later rector, at St. Mary's in Burlington, New Jersey until 1951. He served from 1951 to 1954 as a chaplain in the United States Army. Hogg was a priest at St. Mary the Virgin in Falmouth, Maine for 14 years, from 1954 to 1968.
Bishop of Albany
Hogg was elected Bishop of Albany in 1974, for which he expressed surprise. He was consecrated and installed that year in the cathedra in the choir at the Cathedral of All Saints, as the 6th Bishop of Albany. Erastus Corning 2nd, the mayor of Albany at the time, attended his consecration liturgy.
Hogg was known to be a conservative, evangelistic, anti-feminist and anti-gay rights. He banned the LGBT group Integrity from the Cathedral in 1983. However, he ordained some of the first female "perpetual" or permanent deacons in the diocese.
Hogg was an organizer of a conference on "Evangelical Catholicism" in 1977. In preparation for the Lake Placid Olympics, Hogg "requested funding of the ecumenical religious ministry at the 1980 Olympic Winter Cames at Lake Placid, N.Y." He was also active in ecumenism with the Roman Catholic Church, encouraging the merger of schools of the two different denominations into Doane Stuart School in 1975.
On October 10, 1983, David Ball, then Dean of the Cathedral of All Saints, was elected Bishop coadjutor of Albany. Ball was consecrated in early 1984 under apostolic succession by Presiding Bishop John Maury Allin, bishop David E. Richards, formerly suffragan of Albany and then bishop of the Anglican diocese of Central America, and Hogg. Hogg retired within the year. He died two years later, in 1986.
Hogg was married to the former Lota W. Curtis, who was born in 1912, and who died in Albany in 1979. Lota Hogg was an accomplished music teacher at Middlebury College, having received both bachelor's and master's degrees in musicology from Yale University.
- "Rev. Wilbur Hogg Dies at 69; Ex-Albany Episcopal Bishop", UPI, found at New York Times, May 12, 1986, see New York Times Obituary. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- "Will Head Albany Episcopal Diocese", Associated Press story, found in Palladium-Times, October 24, 1973, see Fulton History website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Obituary of his Secretary, "Barbara Ann McGovern, 1999-04-15," found at Obituary Central website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- History of the Albany Episcopal Diocese. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- The Episcopal Church Annual (2004 Morehouse Publishing), ISBN 0-8192-1970-3, found at Google Books website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Another source states the year as 1973, but this is probably mistaken; see St. Luke's Saranac Lake website History page. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Albany Institute collections website Papers of Erastus Corning. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Episcopal Church archives. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Virtue Online website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Stand Firm in Faith website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Louie Crew, "Where Are We Going?" First appeared in Integer 42 (1983): 6-7. Found at Rutgers U. website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- St. Andrews's Scotia website History page. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Episcopal News Service. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Heart magazine, December 2008, p. 14, found at [www.rscj.org/component/option,com_docman/task,doc_download/gid,285/Itemid,9/ - RSCJ website] (pdf document). Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- "Bishop-Elect Chosen", Associated Press story, found in Palladium Times, October 11, 1983, see Fulton History website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- "Western Massachusetts, Albany Elect Bishops," press release, found at Episcopal News Service archives. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- See List of Presiding Bishops in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America
- San Joaquin Apostolic Succession datapgb
- Hodge's World website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- "Festival of Praise Planned for June," Altamont Enterprise, 1975, n.d., found at Historic Newspapers website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Cathedral of All Saints web site
- Episcopal Diocese of Albany official web site
- Image of Bishop Wilbur Emory Hogg
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