1822 – 1882 (January 24)
Richard Hogan, son of Andrew Hogan and Anastasia Butler, was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1822. He arrived at Villanova in 1849 and was vested on December 31st of that same year with the religious name, Brother Sylvester. On October 26, 1852, he, together with Brothers Lawrence and Kieran left the community for Gethsemani, Kentucky, to join the Trappists. The next year, however, they returned and once again put on the Augustinian habit.
Brother Sylvester made his profession of vows as a lay brother of our Order on June 2, 1859. He was stationed at Saint Augustine Church, Philadelphia; Saint Augustine Church, Lansingburg, New York, and Saint Thomas Monastery, Villanova.
Brother Sylvester died at Villanova, January 24, 1882, at the age of sixty. He rests with his Augustinian brothers in the community cemetery at Villanova.