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Fr. Francis Grogan, CSC

Francis Grogan was born and raised in Pittsfield, MA and served as a Sonar Technician aboard a US Navy Destroyer during World War II. Following the war, he began studying for the Catholic priesthood, earning degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Fordham University. Throghout his 46 years of priestly ministry, Fr. Grogan served around the US and around the world as an educator, pastor, and chaplain.

On September 11, 2001, Fr. Grogan was flying to California to visit his sister on a Delta flight, but overbooking on that flight bumped him to United Flight 175. Shortly after takeoff, Flight 175 was hijacked and flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, killing Fr. Grogan and all on board.

The Grogan Society is proud to bear the name of Fr. Grogan as he embodied “God, Country, Notre Dame” through his priestly ministry, Naval service, and Notre Dame education and ethos.