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In Loving Memory †Fr. Maurice Hayes

In Loving Memory +Friar Maurice Hayes OFM Conv. Proclaiming God’s Love, With a Humble Voice and Quiet Service White hair and beard, western hat…

In Loving Memory †Fr. Maurice Hayes

In Loving Memory +Friar Maurice Hayes OFM Conv. Proclaiming God’s Love, With a Humble Voice and Quiet Service White hair and beard, western hat and boots – Friar Maurice Hayes…

Mystagogy – A Season for Beginners and Beyond

By Rob Murray, Pastoral Associate, St. Joseph University Parish, Terre Haute, Indiana So, you’re sitting in the dark, and all of a sudden, a couple of reading lights come on.…

In Loving Memory †Fr. Maurice Hayes

In Loving Memory +Friar Maurice Hayes OFM Conv. Proclaiming God’s Love, With a Humble Voice and Quiet Service White hair and beard, western hat and boots – Friar Maurice Hayes…

Mystagogy – A Season for Beginners and Beyond

By Rob Murray, Pastoral Associate, St. Joseph University Parish, Terre Haute, Indiana So, you’re sitting in the dark, and all of a sudden, a couple of reading lights come on.…

In Loving Memory †Fr. Maurice Hayes

In Loving Memory +Friar Maurice Hayes OFM Conv. Proclaiming God’s Love, With a Humble Voice and Quiet Service White hair and beard, western hat and boots – Friar Maurice Hayes…

Mystagogy – A Season for Beginners and Beyond

By Rob Murray, Pastoral Associate, St. Joseph University Parish, Terre Haute, Indiana So, you’re sitting in the dark, and all of a sudden, a couple of reading lights come on.…

In Loving Memory †Fr. Maurice Hayes

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In Loving Memory +Friar Maurice Hayes OFM Conv. Proclaiming God’s Love, With a Humble Voice and Quiet Service White hair and beard, western hat and boots – Friar Maurice Hayes could be mistaken for Santa Claus or a retired cowboy. But as a Franciscan, he devoted himself to the Gospel…

In Loving Memory †Fr. Maurice Hayes

In Loving Memory
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Proclaiming God’s Love, With a Humble Voice and Quiet Service

White hair and beard, western hat and boots – Friar Maurice Hayes could be mistaken for Santa Claus or a retired cowboy. But as a Franciscan, he devoted himself to the Gospel Life, ministering quietly and humbly, always finding new ways to spread the message of God’s love to the people he served.

Friar Maurice died on July 14, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born Charles Conrad Hayes on February 12, 1943, in Sunfish, Kentucky, to Thomas Millard and Ruth Ann (French) Hayes. He was predeceased by his parents and by his brothers Thomas Melvin, James Anthony, Pius, Marion Patrick, and Paul Howard Hayes, and by his sisters Ethel Justice, Mary Charlene Olivastro, Lucy Ellen Cullins, Elizabeth Hayes, and Agnes Lucille (Pigg, Snyder) Warren. He is survived by Theresa Veronica (Weyer) Ketzner, Angela Marie Cullins, Helen Frances Reynolds, Lois Gertrude Bridges, and several nieces and nephews.

“He bragged about being from Sunfish,” a Friar said. “All through his years of ministry, he never lost the humility that came from the simplicity of his small-town roots.”

After graduating from the minor seminary at Mount Saint Francis (Indiana), he entered the Conventual Franciscan Novitiate in Angola, Indiana, and professed Simple Vows in 1962. He attended Our Lady of Carey Seminary in Carey, Ohio, and Assumption Seminary in Chaska, Minnesota. He professed Solemn Vows in 1965 and was ordained a priest on January 4, 1969, at the Church of the American Martyrs in Scottsburg, Indiana.

Friar Maurice spent most of his time in pastoral ministry, serving in parishes in Lansing, Michigan; Clarksville and Terre Haute, Indiana; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Frenchtown, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; and Springvale, Australia. He had also served as a hospital chaplain, and Vocation Director for his province.

“He was a wonderful pastor,” another Friar said. “People remarked on how he would walk around during his homilies, addressing the people directly, talking simply and beautifully about the Scriptures. There was nothing flashy about it – he was just making sure he was coming through to them.

“He was very intelligent, and really an introvert. But he showed the joy of the Gospel in very simple ways. He would wear t-shirts that looked like a corporate ad, like Coca-Cola, but were instead a Gospel message. He had his car ‘wrapped’ with pictures of Saint Francis and Pope Francis. Some people might be embarrassed to drive around like that. But in his quiet way he liked to make the Gospel message visible.”

When mistaken for Santa Claus, or performing that role when called upon, Friar Maurice played it well. He also played guitar and had a good singing voice, and used those talents during liturgies and parish events, wearing his Franciscan habit and signature cowboy boots.

“He would set up his stool and sing, just as a way to entertain the people,” a Friar said. “He may have worn cowboy boots, but he was always following in the footsteps of Saint Francis.”

A viewing for Friar Maurice will take place Monday, July 19, at 9am at St. Paul Church in Louisville, Kentucky, followed by a funeral Mass at 10am. There will be a wake Monday evening at 7pm in the Chapel at Mount Saint Francis, Indiana. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11am on Tuesday, July 20, in the Chapel at Mount Saint Francis, with interment to follow in the Friars’ cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Province of Our Lady of Consolation, 103 St. Francis Boulevard, Mount St. Francis, Indiana, 47146; or using the form on this page.

Mystagogy – A Season for Beginners and Beyond

By Rob Murray, Pastoral Associate, St. Joseph University Parish, Terre Haute, Indiana

So, you’re sitting in the dark, and all of a sudden, a couple of reading lights come on. You see a priest take a stick from a newly lit fire, and he lights the Easter Candle. The Candle makes its way down the aisle for all to see, and you hear someone chant: “The light of Christ.” Then we all respond: “Thanks be to God.”

After that, we hear a series of readings from the Old Testament, and then suddenly, all of the lights come on, and you are singing a song you haven’t heard for a while, “Glory to God!” After the Resurrection Gospel and the Homily, all of those who are about to be baptized are called upfront. They make their way to the baptismal font, where one by one, they are baptized. After the Mass, we congratulate them, wish them well, and then we go home. Done for another year, right?

Have you ever wondered if there is a next step for them? And perhaps more importantly, is there a next step for you?
While the Church has catechized these neophytes (translation from Greek: new plants), the Church realizes that she can only teach so much before baptism. Only after baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit that the Church can help its newly baptized recognize the work of the Spirit in the Mysteries, the Sacraments.

Traditionally, the Church takes the time between Easter and Pentecost to help the newly baptized recognize the work of the Spirit and gently guides them into the deeper water of Christian life. Mystagogy is the name given to that period of time and is the fourth stage of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). So after Pentecost, is the Church done with these neophytes? The Church is about as done with them as they are with you who have been baptized and sitting in the pews for years.
Did you notice at the Easter Vigil that the presider asked you to make a profession of faith also and to renew your baptismal promises through the sprinkling of holy water? These actions are not liturgical filler. They have been placed in the vigil prayers and Easter liturgy as an invitation to you to continue the work of mystagogy. The early Church Fathers described God as the One into which we fall forever, always deeper in His grace, His mercy, His wisdom, and His love. There is no limit to the depths of God’s goodness.

What does that mean for all of us? Baptism and the mystagogy that follows is not the end; it is not a graduation. Rather, it is the beginning of a new life in Christ that will forever be an invitation, as C.S. Lewis fashions it, to “come farther up and farther in.”
The next time that you witness the baptism of an adult at Easter, remember your own baptism and God’s call to you to continue your journey into the richness of the Sacraments and into the life of Jesus Himself, who authored them.

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