Written By The Director Of Admissions Shawn Antoine II
On November 20th, 2020 we honor and celebrate the birth of Cardinal Patrick Joseph Hayes. The parents of Hayes were Irish immigrants who moved to the United States and settled in the Five Points section of Lower Manhattan. In 1882 after the death of both his parents Hayes was sent to live with his uncle and aunt who ran a grocery store.
Hayes went on to earn a degree in philosophy and classics from Manhattan College, then soon after he earned his Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. When Hayes returned to New York City he was named the Domestic Prelate of His Holiness. As the world continued to face new troubles Hayes began to take on new responsibilities and roles. Hayes was named the Vicar Apostolic of the Military. As the head of the American military ordinate during WWI, he recruited and mobilized a group of 900 Catholic chaplains.
After the death of Cardinal Farley, Patrick Joseph Hayes was appointed by Pope Benedict XV to be the fifth Archbishop of New York. For 20 years he devoted himself to local matters and was known to avoid the spotlight and speak out against national controversies. During his time as Archbishop, he founded the Archdiocesan Catholic Charities. Pope Pius XI elevated Hayes to Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria on March 24, 1924.
Cardinal Hayes publicly endorsed unemployment relief during the great depression and joined efforts to combat bigotry. “The American people are experiencing a return to religion following a period of carelessness and cynicism marked by the prosperity of the land. Now they are returning when they find they are in need of something greater than the material in facing adversity and stress”.
In 2020, a person like Cardinal Patrick Joseph Hayes is someone we should all look to for inspiration. His passion and activism for social issues should be emulated by all who hope for a better world for everyone.
The Mission of Cardinal Hayes High School, a community based in Roman Catholic values, is to inspire diverse young men of the New York City metropolitan area to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. We will accomplish this goal by encouraging students' spiritual and intellectual growth through a rigorous college preparatory program of academics, extra-curricular activities, and personal discipline.