Father Patrick McGivney is the founder of the Knights of Columbus. Listen to this 2 minute video to learn about this priest and the fraternal organization he established.
Father Hogan was a priest and pastor of Our Lady of Grace from the time of the church's formation in 1922 until his death in 1967 at 80 years old. He was also an accomplished athlete and boxing coach.
Daniel D. Hogan was born on December 17, 1886 in Cohoes, NY. He went to Niagara University where he excelled at athletics. He boxed, ran on the track team, played basketball, baseball and football. He played baseball so well that he was recruited for the major leagues. Connie Mack, the hall of famer and manager of the Philadelphia Athletics considered him one of the great ball players of the 1910 era. Instead of heading into a baseball career, he instead answered the call to the priesthood. Hogan was ordained in 1915 and was assigned to the parish of St. Mary's Church in Glens Falls.
Starting at St. Mary's and continuing on at Our Lady of Grace, Father Hogan passed on his love of sports. He was the driving horse behind "Father Hogan's Singing and Boxing Boys," a group that toured New York during the 1920's and 1930's. Hogan held camps at Ballston Lake and Saratoga Lake where he trained young boys in the sport of boxing. Even champion boxers like Jimmy Braddock, Tom Gibbons, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Harry Wills, Jack Bitton and Michael McTigue spent time in his ring. He inspired all the people he knew by building sturdy bodies and saving souls.
Father Hogan celebrated his 50th anniversary in he priesthood in 1965 at OLG on June 13th. A solemn mass of Thanksgiving was offered and the chief celebrant was Rev Donald Mooney, OFM and formerly one of Father Hogan's boys. The Knights of Columbus attended wearing ceremonial regalia. The boxing priest died on August 1, 1967 and is interred at Cohoes Cemetery.