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In 1857, Fr. John Hogan successfully petitioned Archbishop Kenrick of St. Louis to release him to evangelize the countryside of northern Missouri. Fr. Hogan writes in his autobiography: The work to be done... and the responsibility for it, since I had undertaken it and solicited for it the sanction of the Ordinary of the diocese, made me apprehensive I should fail. To withdraw was too late. To go on was a duty sanctioned.+

Fr Hogan did indeed go on. He founded the congregation of St. Columban parish at Chillicothe, as well as many of the surrounding parishes in north and north central Missouri. After a number of years of faithful service, he was named the first bishop of the newly-formed Diocese of St. Joseph and later the first bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City. The zeal and ethic of Fr. Hogan was not forgotten by his people; and a few years after he left to take up his Episcopal duties, the parish at Chillicothe had grown beyond the size of the small church he had built. In 1879, the Catholics in Chillicothe came together and through hard work, pious determination and Divine Providence raised up with their own hands a larger and more grand church building - the current St. Columban's.

The obstacles and difficulties our ancestors overcame in accomplishing this feat resonate with us today as we seek to restore and renew in our time what they have handed on to us. It is important then that we remember their story. This book, entitled A Duty Sanctioned, brings to life, through historical fiction, the past so that it might inspire the present. Our thanks to parishioner Brenda O'Halloran for telling the story of us.

+On the Mission in Missouri, John J. Hogan. Ch. 2, pg. 13.

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Released for the first time on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the St. Columban Fall Festival,
the author is donating the first 100 copies to sell for $20 each with all proceeds from those copies
donated to the church's Restoration Fund. We hope you will purchase your very own copy of the
book to read in its entirety and to also help with this very worthwhile fundraising endeavor!
TO ORDER: Contact Kim at the church office (email subject: Book Order).
We prefer that you pick your order up at the church office,
but mailing options are available (applicable shipping costs apply).

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