Pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church

Fr. John Hilton

I’ve been a Catholic priest for 34 years, come from a family of nine children and love this life to which God has called me! For the past five years I’ve served as pastor of Saint Mary Parish, founded by silver miners and adventurers in 1882 in the heart of what is now the resort community of Aspen, Colorado.

Celebrating the Holy Mass and teaching the Catholic Faith to others are some of my greatest joys. The highlight of my day is the morning Mass in which my parishioners and I encounter Jesus Christ made visible in His precious Body and Blood. In this powerful encounter, Jesus is revealed to us as the face of the Father, powerfully active in our lives.

Another passion of mine is long-distance road cycling. On June 2, 2015 I began a 3,600 mile solo journey across the United States and Canada by dipping the rear wheel of my bike in the Pacific Ocean at Anacortes, Washington. Eight weeks later this remarkable journey came to an end when I dipped the front wheel in the Atlantic at Seal Harbor, Maine.

In addition to the adventure, I rode in order to spread awareness of the great things God is doing at Saint Mary’s. We’re restoring our historic church and expanding our facilities. We’re teaming up with religious orders, teachers and institutes across the United States to provide outstanding spiritual, theological and leadership formation for you, our parishioners and visitors. I invite you to join us and hope to see you in Aspen!