The Rev. Msgr. Carl F. Hess, 83, pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Washington, died Saturday at the parish rectory after apparently suffering a stroke.
He was pastor of the church from 1945 until retiring in 1968. Since then he had continued to live at the rectory. He remained active, and continued with visits to the sick.
During his pastorate, Msgr. Hess directed constuction of the parish school and the renovation and enlargement of the church and rectory.
Born in Washington, he was a graduate of Gonzaga High School. He studied for the priesthood in Baltimore and Catonsville, Md., and at Theological College, Catholic University. He was ordained in Baltimore in 1921.
Msgr. Hess served as an assistant pastor in several parishes in Baltimore and Barnesville. He became known for helping to develop one of the largest sodalities in the Baltimore Archdiocese. He also was chaplain-director to the Catholic Daughters of American in the archdiocese.
He was named pastor of St. Mary's Church in Barnesville in 1938 and pastor of the Church of the Ascension in Bowie in 1942, before going to Our Lady of Victory.
In 1958, Pope John XXIII elevated him to the rank of demestic prelate with the title of monsignor.
He is survived by a sister, Helen M. Hess, of Washington.