The Right Rev. H. J. Hagen was born at Germantown, Illinois, on May 21, 1861. He was educated at the parochial school, then at St. Joseph's College at Teutopolis, Illinois, conducted by the Franciscan Fathers, from which he graduated in 1878. He then studied in the Salesianum at St. Francis, near Milwaukee, and finally at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He was ordained priest at Alton, Illinois, by Bishop Baltes, September 23, 1883, and appointed rector of the church at Mt. Vernon and the neighboring missions of Okawville and McLeansboro. In 1889, he was called to Belleville to be assistant at the cathedral; in 1890, he was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Belleville, and in 1895 was promoted to the rectorship of the cathedral. He died in Belleville on March 14, 1908.