Servant of God Isaac Hecker

Servant of God Isaac Thomas Hecker (Dec. 18, 1819 – Dec. 22, 1888) was the New York City-born son of German immigrants who spent his early life working in family’s bakery and flour business.

As a young man, he began a spiritual journey that eventually led to him to the Catholic Church.  He became a priest and a faithful son of the Church who was not afraid of questioning, challenging and experimenting.

In 1858, together with his associates, Fr. Hecker founded the Paulist Fathers with the mission of helping the American people understand the Catholic Church and helping the Church understand the democratic spirit of America.

Fr. Hecker was a brilliant missionary preacher, author, publisher and pastor.  It is our prayer that, one day, he also will be known as a saint.  The cause for Fr. Hecker’s beatification and canonization was formally opened in 2008 at which time he received the title “Servant of God.”


Watch a new documentary on the life and times of Fr. Hecker.

Quotes from Fr. Isaac Hecker's sermons and books

The life of Fr. Isaac Hecker, a missionary to North America

A prayer for Fr. Hecker's intercession for those seeking a miracle

Bicentennial Kickoff Masses
New York • Austin • Knoxville
December 18, 2018

St. Austin Catholic Parish and University Catholic Center celebrate a special Hecker birthday Mass, Tues., Dec. 18 at 7 pm

Immaculate Conception Church will mark the start of Hecker’s bicentennial with a special Mass and celebration. Tues., Dec. 18 at 7 pm.