Father Robert F. Bogan, long-serving priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, passed away on Dec. 27. He was 79.
Father Bogan was born in Utica on February 16, 1932 to Lawrence and Gertrude (Kommer) Bogan. He was a graduate of St. Francis de Sales High School in Utica, St. Andrew’s Seminary in Rochester and later St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester. He attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1958 with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.). He earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1963.
Father Bogan was ordained at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse on May 24, 1958. He served in many parishes and positions throughout the diocese during his career. He was associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Clayville; associate pastor of Most Holy Rosary Church in Syracuse and Onondaga County Children’s Court Priest Counselor; associate pastor of St. James Church in Johnson City; pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Whitney Point; pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Binghamton; priest-in-residence at St. John’s Parish in North Bay; temporary administrator of the Church of the Annunciation in Clark Mills; temporary administrator of St. Christopher’s Church in Binghamton; temporary administrator of St. Francis de Sales Church in Utica; and administrator of the Church of the Annunciation in Clark Mills. He retired in July 2010.
Father Bogan also served as a teacher and guidance counselor at Catholic Central High School in Binghamton from June 1963 to June 1974. Alumnus and current Seton Catholic Central High School principal Richard Bucci remembered how, when he was a senior at the school, Father Bogan helped him make post-graduation plans.
“Father Bogan was a committed counselor who was genuinely interested in the well-being of his students. He spent time with me, in depth, to help me get a feel for what I wanted to study and where I wanted to go to college. When students graduated, he always wanted to make sure there was a plan in place for them, that they were moving forward.”
Father Bogan’s body was received at the Church of the Annunciation on Dec. 30 at 4:00 p.m., where he lay in state until 7:00 p.m., at which time the vigil for a deceased priest was offered. Father Bogan’s Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 31 by Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Costello. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clinton.
Father Bogan is survived by three sisters and a brother-in-law, Rozann and Robert Hunsinger, of Ca., Nancy Bogan, of Utica, and Mary Lou Maier, of Memphis, N.Y.; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Lawrence Bogan, of South Trenton, N.Y., Donald Bogan, of Clinton, William Bogan, of Utica, Gregory and Norma Jean Bogan, of Fla., and Joanne Bogan, of Utica; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Francis Bogan.