sister james lorene hogan

March 23, 1924 - June 5, 2014

A woman of intelligence, quick wit and kindness

 Patricia Ann Hogan, first child of James and Lorine (Staehlin) Hogan was born on March 2, 1924. Mary Ann, Rosemary, Kathleen and Daniel completed the family.

 Patricia was taught by Sisters of St. Joseph at Holy Name Grade School and Rosati-Kain High School. At RK she met the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and briefly considered them when deciding on a religious community. 

She said: 

However after having visited their motherhouse and having been toured by the provincial, I told her I thought it was too German for me since I am an Irish person... So I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph [1942] and my first mission was to St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf where I was a teacher and a primary supervisor... During that time I attended Kent State University receiving a degree in deaf education. As part of my requirement for the master’s degree I developed an auditory training manual for deaf children. Most probably it was the first one developed in this country... since auditory training, at that time, was very, very primitive. I was able to develop a book about this and it has been used throughout the United States...[as well as] three different curriculum guides for primary children, preschool children... [which were] published and used by educators throughout the United States.

S. Arline Eveld, assigned to St. Joseph Institute in 1955, recalls that the school population was expanding so rapidly that a group of Rosati-Kain graduates was hired right out of high school to help teach Kindergarten and pre-Kindergarten. S. James Lorene was in charge of training the new teachers. Though S. Arline already had some course work, she joined them in a crash course in speech and language for deaf children.

Learning to teach and learning to make materials to use for teaching were the most challenging experiences as there were very few materials and resources available at that time. S. James Lorene was most helpful in every way by hands-on experiences teaching me how to make visual aids for teaching lessons in speech and language for young children. Her observations were always very positive and she made me feel as f I was doing a good job even when progress seemed slow. She was always available when I needed help.”

S. Arline also worked with S. James Lorene at Fontbonne.“My life has been inspired and blessed by my relationship with S. James Lorene and I am grateful.”

After spending 1962 teaching junior high at St. Viator Grade School in Chicago, she earned a second master’s, this one in special education, from Michigan State University. Joining the faculty of Fontbonne College in 1964, she spent the next 30 years preparing teachers of deaf education. S. James Lorene developed a program in teacher education which was approved by the state and eventually used nationwide. “I think I have been very honored to participate in deaf education all these years, since this is what our founders came here to do.”

S. Paulette Gladis, who was also at Fontbonne, shares, “Sister was a competent educator, very knowledgeable of her subject, and inspiring to her students. Everyone will remember her straightforward manner and her wit.”

In 1994, S. James retired and became a thrift shop volunteer at St. Augustine-Wellston Center in Wellston, Mo., continuing until 2014 when she went to Nazareth Living Center.

In her oral history taken in 2008, S. James Lorene said, “At the present time I have over 100 nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, so I am from a big family, which is very, very dedicated to each other and to myself.” This was so evident at her funeral from the many stories about “Aunt Pat.”

by S. Helen Oates

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