Michael Hayes Director of Campus Ministry

Michael Hayes

Mike has been the Director of Campus Ministry at Canisius since 2013 and is the first lay male director of Campus Ministry in Canisius' history.  Mike has also started studying to be a deacon here in the Buffalo diocese and hopes to be ordained in 2021.  Mike also feels strongly that the Director of Campus Ministry should provide some direct ministry to the students and so he supervises the Kairos Retreat Program and the 4th Day Retreat.  He is also a trained Spiritual Director and designed the +10 program for the Campus Ministry Interns to engage with Ignatian Spirituality and continues to see many people for private and group spiritual direction.

Mike has been active in ministry since 2000 when he left a decade long career as a sports and talk radio producer and reporter to go and work for the Paulist Fathers.  There Mike was instrumental in helping the Paulists change the conversation in the United States on the Catholic Church's efforts at outreach to young adults, people in their 20s and 30s.  Mike founded, a spirituality e-magazine that engaged both the church and the young people it hoped to serve in conversation.  He also ran a popular Ignatian Retreat program for young adults partnering with Charis Ministries, an Ignatian Ministry in Chicago that provides retreats for young adults. 

Mike wrote a seminal work on ministry with young adults called Googling God: The Spiritual Landscape of People in Their 20s and 30s (Paulist, 2007) and a second book on vocation and discernment entitled Loving Work: A Spiritual Guide to finding the work we love and bringing love to the work we do.  (Orbis, 2012).  He recently was asked to co-write and serve as the principle editor of the World Youth Day Retreat Guide by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for World Youth Day Krakow, where he also led our Canisius delegation.

Mike worked in New York City radio for nearly 10 years at SportsRadio66 WFAN and later Talk Radio 710 WOR.  He also served as a reporter for National Public Radio covering the 1996 World Series between the Yankees and Braves.  Mike is a lifelong Mets and Jets fan since growing up in Yonkers, NY, a New York city suburb.  He lives in Eggertsville, with his wife, Marion and their chihuahua, Haze where they enjoy Sabres games, good food, working out and just being together.