Hugh Radigan, OFM
1899 – 1947
Fr. Hugh Radigan, OFM, was born on Dec. 8, 1899, in Croghan, N.Y. He entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y, after graduating from the grammar school. He was received into the Province’s novitiate Aug. 6, 1917, and professed temporary vows Aug. 7, 1918. Fr. Hugh made his profession of solemn vows on Aug. 7, 1921, and was ordained a priest in St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y., June 14, 1924.
He then went to St. Anthony College in Rome where he studied dogmatic theology, until 1928. He then returned to the United States and was assigned to teach at St. Bonaventure Seminary in Allegany, N.Y. From its openening in 1930 in Washington, D.C., until his death, Fr. Hugh taught theology at Holy Name College.
He also served as chaplain of the University of Maryland, and during the summer months he did street corner preaching which attracted many to study with him. He served as moderator of the Catholic Students’ Mission Crusade and enjoyed his reputation as a popular lecturer to clubs and various organizations.
Fr. Hugh died in Providence Hospital in Washington on June 3, 1947. He was 47 years old, a professed friar for 28 years and a priest for nearly 23 years.