Father Edward Goggin, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1884-1969)

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Born John Goggin on February 4, 1884, he was the son of John Goggin and Bridget Murtagh and grew up in Sheridan, New York just outside of Dunkirk, New York. He attended St. Mary’s Preparatory School in Dunkirk and then went to the Passionist novitiate. He professed his vows on December 4, 1908 and received the name Edward. He was ordained a priest on May 26, 1915. After Sacred Eloquence he was an assistant at St. Michael’s Parish, Union City, New Jersey, then Director of Students at St. Gabriel’s, Brighton, Massachusetts. He was then assigned as Lector of Philosophy at Scranton, Pennsylvania and held that position until 1932 when he was appointed Vicar of Scranton. Two years later Father Goggin was appointed Vicar of Union City. It was during his time as Vicar that the Union City Church burned and he was determined to rebuild it. In the 1929 Chapter he was elected Rector of Union City and held the post for six years. In 1935 he was elected as a Provincial Consultor for two terms. He then had assignments in Jamaica, New York, Scranton, Dunkirk, and West Hartford, Connecticut. In September 1969 he was transferred to St. Gabriel’s Brighton. After suffering a stroke in November 1969, Father Goggin died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Brighton.