Stephen R. Fogarty, O.S.A.

1909 – 1998 (August 24)

Stephen R. Fogarty, son of Joseph Fogarty and Anne Marie Hogan, was born October 7, 1909, in Staten Island, New York. Upon completion of his elementary education there, Stephen attended high school at Augustinian Academy, Staten Island, earning his diploma in 1926. He was received into the novitiate on August 15, 1926. He professed simple vows on August 16, 1927 and solemn vows on October 8, 1930. He earned a B. A. in Philosophy from Villanova College, Villanova, Pennsylvania, in 1931, and then until 1935, studied Theology at Augustinian College, Washington, D.C. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1934 in Washington. In 1935, Father Fogarty was awarded an M. A. in English from The Catholic University of America, Washington. He also later received an honorary LL. D. from Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts. 

In 1935, Father Fogarty was assigned to Cascia Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a teacher of English. When the Augustinian Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel was formed in 1941, he was affiliated to that Province. Father Fogarty became Associate Pastor of St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, in 1948. He returned to Cascia Hall, Tulsa, in 1949, serving as Prefect of Discipline in the school and prior of the Augustinian Community. From 1958 to 1962, Father Fogarty was president of Tolentine College, Olympia Fields, Illinois, and prior of the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Monastery community. He was transferred to Austin Catholic High School, Detroit, Michigan, in 1962, where he was prior of the community. In 1965 he was transferred to St. Augustine Parish, Detroit, where he served as associate pastor and prior. In 1969, Father Fogarty returned again to Cascia Hall, Tulsa. In 1973 he was named pastor of St. Brigid Parish, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he remained until 1980. During this time he was also the Catholic Chaplain at Northeastern Oklahoma State University. 

Father Fogarty retired in 1980, residing first at Cascia Hall, Tulsa, then at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery, Villanova, Pennsylvania, and finally, in 1997, at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Monastery, Olympia Fields, where he remained until a need for health services led to his stay at Mercy Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Chicago Heights, Illinois. 

He was the author of the book Something Ventured, Something Gained and a play The Marketplace. Father Fogarty died August 24, 1998 at St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Tulsa.