Br. Patrick Hogan Inducted Into Archbishop Molloy’s Hall of Fame
On Saturday, March 23, 2019, Archbishop Molloy High School inducted five outstanding individuals into its Stanner Hall of Fame. Congratulations: Br. Pat Hogan, FMS, Chief Peter Hayden ’64 (FDNY), Whitey Rigsby ’74 (Voice of Wildcats Basketball), Major General Patrick Gallagher ’64 (USAF), and Lt. John “Jack” Gremse ’68 (FDNY, posthumously).
President Richard Karsten ’81 began the induction program by welcoming the capacity crowd and referencing the caliber of this year’s honorees. “Tonight’s inductees followed their dreams to excel in their professions and to make the world a better place. They have carried themselves with integrity, leadership, and honor.”
Among the many Marist educators that have inspired Stanners since 1892, Brother Patrick Hogan, known by many as Brother Pat, is one of the most beloved and widely recognized here at Molloy and beyond. Brother Pat authored an over 55-year career at Molloy while serving in many roles, including teacher, guidance counselor, track and field coach, alumni director, alumni spiritual director, camp director, and camp volunteer. He has served our community in profound ways. Brother Pat began teaching science and religion at Molloy in 1962. He has said that his classroom strategy was to make sure each student understood they could contribute – especially those who sometimes fell behind. “I wanted them to know they could succeed,” he said.
Beyond the classroom, Brother Pat found a family in Molloy’s track & field coaching staff during the 1960s. Many consider the 60s a “golden age” for track and all Molloy sports. The Stanners won dozens of championships under the guidance and tutelage of Brother Pat and his fellow coaches, including the late Frank Rienzo. Brother Pat might consider his next 40-plus years of coaching a golden age as well. He worked to instill confidence each student-athlete. “I told them they just needed to tap into the talents God gave them,” he said.
One of Brother Pat’s greatest passions has been and continues to be service. In the footsteps of St. Marcellin Champagnat, Brother Pat has devoted countless hours to serving people in need. At the Mid-Hudson Valley Camps, Brother Pat has served children, adults with disabilities, and the deaf community for decades. He has also been a fixture at Esopus retreats, contributing to the indelible family atmosphere that many students and alumni hold dear.
In 2004, Brother Pat and Chris Dougherty, Class of 1991, established the St. Marcellin Champagnat Society, an international service society that teaches students the values of volunteering and helping marginalized people around the world. The Champagnat Society began by serving the needy, sick, and disabled in Lourdes, France. Under the growing leadership of numerous lay faculty, the society has expanded its focus to many other needy populations in the United States and around the world including in Nicaragua, Jamaica, and Costa Rica. The society notably helped with clean-up efforts in Rockaway and Breezy Point in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and recently served hot meals at local food banks and the Ronald McDonald House this winter.
Brother Pat retired from teaching and coaching in June 2017. He also celebrated his 60th anniversary as a Marist Brother. “Being a Marist Brother has given me everything,” said Brother Pat. “I love working with young people and motivating them to do remarkable things in their lives. What they go on to achieve makes it all worth it for me. I have no regrets.”
Brother Pat has approached each step of his career with the same selflessness and humility as St. Marcellin Champagnat. It is our honor to induct Brother Patrick Hogan into the Stanner Hall of Fame. Brother Pat, thank you for the guidance, care, and compassion you have shared with generations of Stanners.
For more information on this year’s other inductees visit www.molloyhs.org/halloffame/