February 24: Father Charles Dugan


February 24, 1966

Father Charles Dugan

Father Dugan was born in Towanda, PA on December 13, 1910. He studied for the priesthood at St. Mary’s College, St. Mary, KY; St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY; and St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, IN. Archbishop Thomas Molloy ordained him for the Diocese of Wichita in St. James’ Pro-Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY on April 11, 1944. In his early years in the diocese he was chaplain at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, assistant at St. Patrick Parish in Wichita, and did graduate studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. In 1947 he was assigned to Hutchinson at St. Elizabeth’s Mercy Hospital and at the Kansas State Industrial Reformatory. In 1958 he was granted a sick leave and returned to active ministry several times before finally dying at 55 years of age while living at St. Mary’s Parish in Derby. Bishop Byrne celebrated his funeral Mass and Father Frank Baumstark preached the homily at St. Mary’s Parish in Derby. Father Dugan was buried in New York.