Who Was Isaac Hecker?

Servant of God Isaac Thomas Hecker was born in New York City on December 18, 1819, the third son and youngest child of John and Caroline (Freund) Hecker. Ordained a Redemptorist priest in 1849, he founded the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle in New York on July 7, 1858. The society was established to evangelize both believers and non-believers.

Father Hecker sought to evangelize Americans using the popular means of his day, primarily preaching, the public lecture circuit and the printing press. He founded the monthly publication, “The Catholic World,” in 1865.  

His teaching offers guidance for seekers who wish to know God more deeply, especially through the action of the Holy Spirit.

A biography of the life and faith journey of Isaac Father Thomas Hecker.

Consider this prayer for canonization of our founder Father Isaac Thomas Hecker.