EAST HARTFORD – Father John P. Rohan, 67, of East Hartford, formerly of Manchester, died on Jan. 20, 2013, at his home.
He was born in Manchester on Feb. 14, 1945, the son of the late Dorothy McHale and John Gorman Rohan. He graduated in 1966 from St. Thomas Seminary High School and Junior College in Bloomfield. He then pursued graduate studies at Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
Ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1972, by Archbishop John F. Whealon, Father Rohan served as an assistant pastor at St. John of the Cross Parish in Middlebury in 1972-73. In 1973, he was appointed to St. Rita Parish in Hamden, and then in 1976 was assigned to Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hamden. In September 1979, he was appointed co-pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Naugatuck, a position he held until September 1981, when he became director of Catholic chaplains and co-director of the Department of Pastoral Care at Hartford Hospital.
While at Hartford Hospital, Father Rohan served on the ethics committee and was a founding member of the Trauma Support Team. He then served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in South Windsor from 1989 until December 2001.
He became priest in residence at St. Rose Parish in East Hartford. In May of 2004, when that parish was linked with St. Isaac Jogues, he became the administrator of both.
In January of 2005, St. Mary’s Parish in East Hartford joined St. Rose and St. Isaac Jogues, and Father Rohan was appointed pastor of the three parishes in the cluster, a position he held until his death.
Father Rohan served as a trustee of Goodwin College in its early years and was chairman of the academic committee. He developed a unique partnership between the college and St. Rose School. He also ministered to the retired Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at Julie House in Windsor.
Known as a gifted preacher, he studied in the fellowship program at the College of Preachers in Washington, D.C., and taught homiletics for many years to the permanent deacon candidates in the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Father Rohan is survived by a niece and by cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Michael.
A parish Mass was celebrated on Jan. 23 at St. Mary Church. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning at St. Mary. Burial followed in St. James Cemetery in Manchester.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rose Church, 33 Church St., East Hartford, CT 06108.