Biography of Rev. Joseph Heitz
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

REV. JOSEPH HEITZ, C. PP. S., rector of the Novitiate of the Fathers of the Most Precious Blood, situated near Burkettsville, in Granville township, was born June 9, 1854, on a farm in Huron County, Ohio, and is a son of Jacob and Frances (Meng) Heitz, who were natives of Germany.

Joseph Heitz was the oldest of a family of three children. He first attended school at the district school near his father's home. He then went to a Catholic school at Bismarck, Huron County, Ohio, and then entered St. Joseph's College in Illinois, where he took a preparatory course for two years, after which he entered St. Charles Seminary, at Carthegeha, tatting a nine years course. He was ordained a priest in 1881, after which he went to Fort Recovery, where he had his first church, also having charge of the churches at Wendelin and Sharpsburg. After remaining there for about 11 months, he went to Glandorf, Putnam County, Ohio, where he became an assistant priest. His next call was to Big Spring, Seneca County, Ohio, where he had charge of St. Peter's parish for 18 months, returning then to Fort Rocovery to take charge of the church there a second time. He afterwards located at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, and had charge of a number of missions, including Franklin, Pulaski and Columbia. He was at Lawrenceburg two years and one year at Nashville. From Nashville he went to New York City, where he became chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital, after which he returned to Coldwater, Mercer County, and had charge of Holy Trinity Church for one year. Since 1890 he has been rector of the Novitiate of the Fathers of the Most Precious Blood, which is situated one mile and a half northeast, of Burkettsville. Father Heitz is a members of the congregation of the Most Precious Blood.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
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