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Memorial Mass for Zachary Hayes, OFM


STARTS: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM
ENDS: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

5416 S. Cornell Ave. Chicago, IL 60615 (see map)
210 - 2nd Floor

Please join us in celebrating the life of Zachary Hayes, OFM, who served on the faculty of CTU from 1968 until 2004. Memorial Mass begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by lunch. Please RSVP to

For 37 years, the Rev. Zachary Hayes, OFM, was Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Catholic Theological Union. Born in Chicago, he studied for ordination with the Franciscans in Teutopolis, Illinois, and later earned his PhD in Theology at Friedrich Wilhelm University in Bonn, Germany. During his doctoral studies, he served as chaplain. Upon returning to the United States, he taught for four years in the Franciscan Theologate and joined the CTU faculty in 1968 as a founding member.

Fr. Hayes was regarded as a preeminent interpreter of the works of St. Bonaventure, as well as a scholar of creation-theology and eschatology. Among his most notable works are The Hidden Center: Spirituality and Speculative Christology in St. Bonaventure, his translation of then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s The Theology of History in Bonaventure, and Bonaventure: Mystical Writings. In 2002, he was honored with the Franciscan Institute Medal from St. Bonaventure University.

A prolific researcher and well-respected teacher, Fr. Hayes published articles and reviews through his final years at CTU and was a frequent guest lecturer at institutions throughout the country. On the occasion of his 65th birthday, his work was commemorated through the publication of That Others May Know and Love: Essays in Honor of Zachary Hayes, OFM by Franciscan Publications. Fourteen scholars contributed essays.

Fr. Hayes will be remembered both for his work with religious and lay students and for his tremendous contribution to theological scholarship.

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