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Sister Patricia Hogan, CSC

Sister Patricia Hogan (Sister M. Aquinas), a longtime educator who taught briefly in the Oakland diocese, died April 21 in Notre Dame, Indiana. She was 90 and had been a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross for 69 years.

Sister Hogan's teaching career, which spanned the years from 1944 through 1975, started in Ogden, Utah, where she served as second grade teacher at St. Joseph School with a class of 68 students. Later she taught in grades 1 through 12 at schools primarily in California, and in Nevada. She also served as principal of three different elementary schools. She taught at St. Bernard School in Oakland from 1950 to 1954.

Sister Hogan then moved to the high school level where she taught religion and also took on the role of academic counselor. She worked with various congregations, such as Holy Cross priests, Holy Cross Brothers, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, where she thrived, able to work with others with different teaching methods and styles.

In 1976 Sister Hogan spent three months in Tiberius, Israel, while waiting for her visa to go to Uganda fulfilling her dream of becoming a missionary. She 'fit right in,' to the community of Fort Portal, Uganda, according to the obituary posted on the website of the Holy Spirit Sisters (www.cscsisters.org).

In recent years Sister Hogan faced a number of health problems, the last being a stroke which resulted in the loss of her eyesight. However, she was determined to not let the stroke rob her of her spirit.

She retired to St. Mary's Convent in Notre Dame, Indiana, and was active in the ministry of prayer until her death.

— Carrie McClish

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