Our New Priests: Aaron Hess
I grew up in the northern part of the archdiocese, rural Mercer County. My home parish is St. Mary in Philothea. I am the oldest of four, with two brothers and a sister.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCERN YOUR VOCATION?
There were hints growing up that I was thinking about the priesthood. I did not seriously consider it until the end of my junior year of high school. Another Hess (no relation!) from my hometown was being ordained, so our youth group took a trip down for the Mass. During the Litany of the Saints, while the men were lying prostrate in the cathedral, I was filled with an overwhelming desire to be where they were, laying down my life for Christ and for His Church.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT BEING A PRIEST?
To walk with men and women on their journey towards the Lord. To help people realize that, in the midst of their struggles and weaknesses and joys, they are beloved by the Lord, desired by the Lord. All of the sacraments, prayers and teachings of the Church lead the soul to their Maker, their Father, and I am humbled to be able to be an instrument of the Lord in bringing His sons and daughters home.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE DEVOTIONS OR PRAYERS?
The Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart devotions have been prevalent in my spiritual life in seminary. As I have gotten closer to ordination, I have also grown deeper in my relationship with St. Joseph. He is a powerful example of fatherhood to all men: courageous and humble, chaste and nurturing, and ever close to his immaculate bride, Mary, and his divine son, Jesus.
WHAT’S A HOBBY OR ACTIVITY YOU ENJOY?
I have always been involved in music, particularly keyboard instruments. I was on my high school bowling team and continue to bowl for fun. I have also recently gotten into pyrography, burning designs into pieces of wood.
On May 15, Seven Men Will be Ordained to the Priesthood and Begin Their Service in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
This article appeared in the Mary 2021 edition of The Catholic Telegraph Magazine. For your complimentary subscription, click here.