Fr. Hayden currently ministers alongside of the Superior to the Jesuits needing assistance at the St. Claude la Colombiere Jesuit Community residence.
What makes me happy to be a religious today? I'm happy to be a religious because of its multidimensional character, involving more than having an occupation or profession or job and different from single or married life. Being a Religious is having and living a life. That's a simple statement that doesn't make sense until I can admit: "Religious life is THE life for me, the life to which God calls me through my personality, my experience, my education, my interests, friends, events, and a religious order or community."
Most of all, God calls me to be a religious living in my order following a way of life approved by the Catholic Church. It's not a job with a guaranteed salary or the number of hours worked or the amount of products sold.
Sometimes it includes a very simple style of life in a culture very different from that of our parents. Moreover, religious life offers a life with a community of Christians who support each other in their call and in following Jesus Christ within the Catholic Church. I've traveled around the world and enjoy living with the men in my international community regardless of their nationality or culture. Religious life calls upon my personal faith in Jesus Christ to follow this common way of life while developing my own way of thinking and acting. Membership is not sudden but rather, developmental as we grow from our entrance to an emergent identity as a member of our particular group. Prayer is the common factor in our lives, the food that enables us to serve the Lord and his Church within the apostolates of our community while growing in our appreciation of our fellow members.