Fr. John Fogarty was born on April 9, 1952 in Ireland. He joined the Spiritans after completing secondary school at St. Vincents College, Glasnevin, in Dublin. After his first profession in 1971, he graduated in physics and mathematics from University College Dublin and taught science in Ghana, West Africa, in the mid 1970s. From 1978-82, he studied theology at Fribourg University in Switzerland, earning a licentiate in Sacred Theology. He professed his final vows as a Spiritan in 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood on September 27, 1981.
After ordination Fr. Fogarty returned to Ghana in 1982 where he worked in parish ministry. He served on the Provincial Council in Ireland on two separate occasions, from 1986-1989 and again from 1994-1998. From 1990-1994 he was Rector of the Spiritan Institute of Philosophy in Ejisu, Ghana. He was elected 1st Assistant to the Superior General at the 1998 General Chapter for the following six years. From 2005 to 2009, Fr. Fogarty was the Director of the Centre for Spiritan Studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In 2009 he was elected by the confreres of the USA to be the Provincial Superior for the newly merged USA Eastern and Western Spiritan Provinces. The 11th of July 2012, he was elected Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit for the next 8 years by the delegates of the 20th General Chapter assembled at Bagamoyo, Tanzania.