Rev. Edmund J. Hayes, O.S.A. (1915-1968)

Rev. Edmund J. Hayes, O.S.A. entered eternal life on June 19, 1968.

Edmund Joseph Hayes was born on May 12, 1915 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Denis and Helen (Lyons) Hayes. He was baptized on July 11, 1915 at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Springfield. He received the Sacrament of Confirmation on December 16, 1927 at St. Rose Catholic Church, Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Edmund received his elementary education at St. Rose School, Chelsea, and his secondary education at Cathedral High School, Boston, Massachusetts.  He was received into the Augustinian Novitiate on September 10, 1933. He professed simple (temporary) vows in the Order of St. Augustine on September 10, 1934 and solemn (permanent) vows on September 10, 1938.

He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Villanova College, Villanova, Pennsylvania, in 1938. Edmund then pursued theological studies at Augustinian College, Washington, D.C.  He was ordained a priest on June 10, 1941. He did additional studies at Columbia Technical Institute, Arlington, Virginia.

In 1942, Father Hayes was assigned to teach at St. Rita High School, Chicago, Illinois.  He was assigned to Mendel Catholic High School, Chicago, in 1962.

Father Hayes experienced health problems for many years. He died on June 19, 1968 of arteriosclerotic heart disease.

He is buried in the Augustinian plot in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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