Welcome to the basic blog from an amateur blogger! As stated under the title, I am Aaron Hess. Since this is my first blog, I suppose I should give a basic outline of who I am.
I was born in 1993 in the little nowhere county of Mercer in the rural western part of Ohio to the children of farmers: Marjorie and Gary. Needless to say, I am much more a fan of the rural outdoors than the city life. I am the oldest of four children: Shannon (a year younger), Justin (4 years younger), and Adam (6 years younger). They all annoy me to no end (just kidding you guys–for the most part…). I’ve lived in the same house, same county, for my whole life. I went to all 13 years of my schooling at the Coldwater Exempted Village School system in little ol’ Coldwater, Ohio. I come from a devout Roman Catholic family in an area full of German Catholic descendants.
All of these aspects have influenced my decision to join the Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary in Indianapolis in the Fall of 2012 in preparation for the possibility of ordination to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. This is going to be the basis for the majority of my posts here because it is where I have grown and learned the most in my life.
I most likely will elaborate much more on other aspects of my past, current, and future life in blogs to come. For now, I will leave you with the final verse of the hymn “The Summons.” It sums up well the feelings that my brother seminarians and I hold to answering the call of Christ to follow him in discernment of the priesthood.
“Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.”
In Christ’s Peace,