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Rev Francis Xavier Hess
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1866
Kenosha County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Feb. 22, 1951
Wisconsin, USA

Francis Hess was the son of Peter and Anna Maria ("Mary") Scholzen Hess.

Reverend Francis Xavier Hess was ordained on June 24, 1889.

In September 1891, Rev. Hess was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish. He would forever change the history of Waterloo.

The Rev. Francis X. Hess was not only a distinguished priest, he was also a very remarkable human being.

Spanning Generations
Rev. Hess served St. Joseph Parish from its earliest days through two world wars, the stock market crash, and the great depression. His influence in the region extended well past the boundaries of the of the Village of Waterloo.

Reverend F.X. Hess Arrives
In September 1891, Rev. Francis Xavier Hess was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish, the congregation then numbering about a hundred families. Rev. Hess was to remain pastor of St. Joseph Parish for sixty years until his death on February 22, 1951.

St. Joseph School Built
In 1904, the Rev. Hess oversaw the building of a four room school at the cost of $8,000. The Sisters of Notre Dame staffed the school and remained for several decades.

A Force Within the Community
Rev. Hess was one of the most beloved priests in this section of the state. He was very active in civic affairs of the community, and gave much of his time in the development of Firemen's Park, and of the acquisition of the municipal electric light and waterworks systems.

At one time during his tenure as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, he received orders to take up his duties in Madison. The parishioners and Waterloo citizens felt so badly at the prospect of his departure, they circulated a petition and presented it to the Bishop of Milwaukee who had jurisdiction over St. Joseph Parish. After short deliberation, the Rev. Hess was allowed to stay in Waterloo.

Marshall and Lake Mills Parishes Founded
In addition to serving his congregation here in Waterloo, Rev. Hess organized St. Mary's Congregation in Marshall, and St. Francis Congregation in Lake Mills. He served both these parishes until priests were appointed.

Jubilee Mass Celebrated
In 1939, St. Joseph Parish celebrated the 50th anniversary of Fr. Hess' ordination into the priesthood with a Jubilee Mass and program at Firemen's Park. The Rev. Samuel A. Stritch, archbishop of Milwaukee, was among the guests and delivered the Jubilee sermon.

[Source: (St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Waterloo, Jefferson County, Wisconsin). Website accessed: March 23, 2002; no longer exists in 2012.]
Family links: 
  Peter Hess (1820 - 1901)
  Mary A Scholzen Hess (1826 - 1909)
  Mary Ephrema Hess (1852 - 1874)*
  Frederick Hess (1854 - 1928)*
  Mary Barsaba Hess (1856 - 1906)*
  Francis Xavier Hess (1866 - 1951)
*Calculated relationship
Rev. F. X. Hess. 1866-1951, R. I. P.
Member K of C.
Pastor St. Joseph's Church, Waterloo, Wis. 60 Years, 1891-1951.

Saint Josephs Catholic Cemetery
Jefferson County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: south west side
Maintained by: DebbieBlau
Originally Created by: Cemetery Walker
Record added: Aug 10, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6678940
Rev Francis Xavier Hess
Added by: Burlington Historical Society
Rev Francis Xavier Hess
Added by: DebbieBlau
Rev Francis Xavier Hess
Added by: DebbieBlau
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RIP You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.
 Added: Dec. 23, 2014

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