Aaron Hietpas

Aaron HietpasParish: St. John Nepomucene Parish, Little Chute

Birth Date: December 27

Seminary: University of St. Thomas

Seminary Address:
2115 Summit Ave. #3404
St. Paul MN 55105-1048

College III


Patron: St. Agnes

Proclaim the Good News:
Jesus desires you so much that He suffered, died, and rose specifically for you! You are His beloved!

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
This summer I was a Totus Tuus teacher for the Diocese of Green Bay. One of the more memorable experiences was teaching the kids about Marian consecration. I taught them about St. Maximilian Kolbe's devotion to the Immaculata and told them about how they can consecrate themselves. Later that day, we heard that one of the boys in the class went home and told his mom that he was super excited to consecrate himself to Mary. He wanted to use the book 33 Days to Morning Glory to prepare himself!

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
My commitment to the Faith started to grow in middle school. I was trying to be someone that I was not because I wanted to fit in. I was sick and tired of not being genuine. I desired love that I was not receiving through any of these worldly venues. Then one day when I was in 7th grade I was crying in my bedroom. I turned my radio on and the song "By Your Side" by Tenth Avenue North came on. The chorus goes, "'Cause I'll be by your side, whenever you fall in the dead of night, and please don't fight these hands that are holding you 'cause my hands are holding you." At that moment I knew more of the love of the Father for me.

After that, I really wanted to get more involved with the Faith. I went on Extreme Faith Camps, Steubenville Youth Conferences, and other events put on by my parish. Through these opportunities I learned that I was not the only one who wanted to grow in my faith, and I was able to take my faith more seriously with others. I cannot say how important it was for me to be around good Catholic friends.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
The Fear of the Lord is deeply connected to love. When you love a person, you fear hurting them. When you love God with all of your heart you never want to hurt Him. The Father offers us His love, and we are invited to respond. Fear of the Lord helps us respond in love and desire for union with the Trinity. This gift has been helpful in my struggles with sin. Why would I want to hurt the person that loves me the most? It also helps me know that God will give me the strength to sin less and grow in virtue. For if I were to try to attain perfection without God I would fail miserably, but with the Holy Spirit I can do anything.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
I qualified for the National Forensics Competition twice. Forensics is like speech and debate with a lot of categories. My category was duo interpretation where my partner and I performed a 10-minute skit without looking at or touching each other.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
In the morning I like to have a cup of coffee with a little milk. To end the day I have a cup of chamomile tea!

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
I would like to celebrate Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. I always feel Mary's presence/intercession there and it is my favorite place to pray.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
Please ask for the intercession of St. Agnes. I love her example of courage and willingness to suffer for Christ. She trusted fully in the Father's will, and she loved Jesus with all of her heart. I desire that extraordinary trust and love.