John Hesch, Priest, Dies

Richmond Times-Dispatch
June 7, 1994

The Rev. John B. Hesch, an appointed member of the Tribunal of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, died at a church-owned residence near the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Sunday night.

Father Hesch died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police reports. He was 37.

A Richmond native, he graduated from the University of Richmond summa cum laude in 1978 with a double major in philosophy and religion. He received a master's degree in theology and a doctor of ministry degree from Catholic University.

Father Hesch was an associate pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Richmond from 1982 to 1986, and was parochial vicar at St. Nicholas in Virginia Beach for a year before he was named pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Big Stone Gap in 1987.

He returned to Catholic University in 1991 to complete studies in canon law and worked with the Diocesan Tribunal for a year. He then continued work on his doctorate, which was awarded two weeks ago.

He was scheduled to begin work Monday as a full-time member of the Diocesan Tribunal, which reviews requests for marriage annulments.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth B. Hesch Taylor, and his stepfather, Jackson J. Taylor, both of Richmond; a brother, Thomas C. Hesch of Richmond; and three stepsisters, Ellen Taylor Sisson of New Canaan, Conn., Frances Taylor Anton of Durham, N.C., and Nancy Taylor Bodge, of Atlantic Beach, Fla.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be said at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Burial will follow in Westhampton Memorial Park.


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