The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
The Rev. William Donoghue Goggan
The Rev. William Donoghue Goggan, S.M., was appointed to the charge of the Catholic parish of Napier in succession to Dean Grogan. Father Goggan was born in the United States, and educated at St. Stanislaus, Tullamore; St. Mary's, Dundalk; and the Royal University, Dublin; and he pursued his philosophical studies at Agen, France, and his theological studies at Barcelona, in Spain. He was then sent out as Professor of Science and Mathematics at St. Patrick's College, Wellington, where he took up his duties in June, 1885, and filled the position for seven years and a-half. Father Goggan then joined Father Devoy at Te Aro, where he laboured for four years. He was promoted to the charge of the Blenheim district in 1896, and subsequently was again promoted to Napier.