Fr. Vogel grew up on a farm near Howells, Nebraska as a member of Ss. Peter and Paul parish. He is the second oldest child of Kenneth and Carol Vogel. He has an older sister, Therese, and three younger siblings, Rita, Rachel and Adam. He attended Howells Community Catholic Schools, Howells High School, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney where and received a BS degree in Physics. He attended seminary at Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri, and at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.