Michael A, Hayes, president of Mary Immaculate College, to Deliver Commencement Address

by Katherine Kusik '15 | May 01, 2013

Michael A. Hayes, president of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, IrelandMichael A. Hayes, president of Mary Immaculate College

Professor Michael A. Hayes, president of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, will deliver the commencement address during the 45th commencement exercises at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18, on the campus mall between McShea student center and Trexler Library. (In case of rain, commencement will be held in Billera Hall.)

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During the ceremony, DeSales President Father Bernard O’Connor, OSFS, will confer degrees upon 414 graduating students, including undergraduates, graduates and ACCESS. Also, Hayes will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Hayes, a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark in South East England, was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1957. His secondary education took place at St. Munchin’s College in Limerick, and he went on to study at St Patrick’s Pontifical College in Maynooth, Ireland, before moving to the United Kingdom, where he lived and worked from 1980 to 2011.

He took up the post of president of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, in October 2011, and was nominated by the colleges of education in Ireland to the Teaching Council of Ireland in April 2012.

Hayes is an internationally respected academic in the field of pastoral theology and is particularly interested in the relationship between faith and praxis. He is also a qualified psychotherapist—having studied at the London Institute of Psychosynthesis. He holds a bachelor of divinity from the Pontifical University of Maynooth, a master of arts from the University of London, and a doctor of philosophy from the University of Surrey.

In addition to his duties with the Archdiocese of Southwark and a president of Mary Immaculate College, Hayes is the editor of The Pastoral Review, an international journal published in London by The Tablet.

Before his appointment at Mary Immaculate College, Hayes worked in pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Southwark, taught in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Roehampton University, and was latterly vice-principal and professor of Catholic pastoral studies at St. Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, London, where he had also been head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and founding head of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and History.

Hayes often returns to St Mary’s University College, London, as a visiting professor and is committed to world-class provision of initial teacher education and continuing professional development, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (FRSA).

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