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 IV


Patron: St. Philip Neri


What do you want on your pizza?

I enjoy a Hawaiian-style pizza with pineapple, pepperoni, chicken, bacon, and barbeque.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2017.

This summer I had the opportunity to be on the summer staff of Catholic Youth Expeditions. For our "extreme expedition" we went to Bruce Peninsula in Canada and hiked 100 miles. It was a beautiful experience to be out in the wilderness. I was able to grow in awe of God's creation and in fellowship with the other staff members. On our hike we stayed in the woods, and for Mass I made an altar out of stone, an ambo, and a cross. It was a wonderful opportunity to create something beautiful for Christ.

How would you describe the priesthood to a non-believer?

In the words of St. John Vianney, "The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus." The priesthood is the gift of Christ to His people, the Church. A man offers his life to receive the gift to be Christ to the people that make up the body of the Church. He is in union with Christ as the head of the Church. In that way he shares in the love and ministry of our crucified Lord. The priest is to have the will of the Father at the forefront of his mind and heart at all times. He is to have the Father's heart as his home. The love and intimacy he shares with Jesus and the Holy Spirit is to be his total gift to the people along with his life. The sacrifice and love of Christ and the priesthood is the total gift of self.

Divine Providence is God's active protection and guidance in our lives. How have you seen Providence in your life?

When I look upon my life I see God's hand working in many ways both great and small. He brought me through the struggles I faced in middle school and high school and showed me the way to grow closer to him. I see how he has brought good out of my sins and the struggles I went through. Out of my sins the Father brought out more good than could ever be imagined. His mercy and grace brought me back to a greater Love of Him. He drew me into a relationship deeper than I ever knew. He also has reminded me of His providence in smaller ways. For instance, I was helping plan an outing for my floor at the seminary. We found the perfect spot at the park, but we had not reserved it. There was a grill, free parking, and a big field across the street. A family had graciously given us plates because we had forgotten ours. The whole outing was given by Christ. We were all worried about the details, but they were all provided for us. God's Providence is a constant reminder that all is gift.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

I starred in a play based on the story of the prodigal son. The name of the play was Nowhere to Run. The play was set in the '50s. I ran away from home to go with a biker gang and returned home.

What parish and diocesan movements have inspired you as a disciple?

When I got into my faith I really got involved with Extreme Faith Camp, Fire Ministries, Steubenville Youth Conferences, and Totus Tuus.

Who are your teams?

The Packers, Badgers, and the University of St. Thomas Tommies are my teams!

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

The Annunciation.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Philip Neri.