Sr. Monica Hayes, MFIC

“I tried to promote Catholicism and faith, and goodness of all kinds.”


Interviewee: Sr. Monica Hayes, MFIC

Interviewer: Kayla C., Grade 11

Interview Date: October 17, 2014

Interview Location: Mount Alvernia, Newton, MA

Sister Monica Hayes was born on August 8, 1921 in Ireland. From a very young age Sister Hayes knew she wanted to become a nun, and all of her life strived to promote Catholicism. In 1940 Sister Hayes came to America from Ireland which is when her missionary work began. She educated children from kindergarten to eighth grade with the exception of fifth grade. The first year of teaching, Sister Hayes taught 75 students in kindergarten and first grade combined in one classroom with only one book. Along with being a teacher, Sister Hayes was a member of Parish ministry as the director of religious education. Sister Hayes taught all over the United States in places such as Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Minnesota, Florida, Grove City, Ohio, and Massachusetts, but no matter where she was stationed she was always happy. Her charismatic attitude, thoughtfulness, and passion to help others is inspiring.


“Associating with people and trying to do whatever is possible with them to help them in some way so they can grow up to be good citizens and live good lives, and get some kind of work for themselves.”

“I tried to promote Catholicism and faith, and goodness of all kinds.”

“Having educated so many children in my time starting with the younger children.”

“They [superiors] didn’t try to do it for us, they tried to have us find out for ourselves and do it the best way we could.”

“In the beginning when I started with education I had 75 students and they were kindergarten and first grade mixed and I had to teach all of them how to read and I only had one book.”

“I was inspired to be a sister a long time ago when I was about seven or eight years old.”

“I told myself I was always going to be a sister.”

“I was encouraged [to become a nun] by the sisters to whom I went to school with.”

“I was happy no matter where I was stationed.”

“In the Bronx, in those days, it was never a very good area where we were.”

“I didn’t really know anything about any community except the presentation sisters to whom I went to school with and I didn’t want to become one of those because they were just local and I wanted to be a missionary.”

“As long as it [religious group] had the words missionary in it.”