I would like to extend a warm Cardinal Hayes welcome to all of you to our new website! It is our hope that we are able to provide for you, the Hayes Family, an exciting venue of the ongoing activities and programs here at Hayes. Please feel free to use our website as a way to keep in touch with your Alma Mater, other alumni, to find our "what's new" at 650! I assure you that you will be impressed and amazed at all that are alive and well at Hayes.
My name is Father Joseph P. Tierney, the President of Cardinal Hayes High School. I was appointed President of Hayes in June 2005 succeeding Monsignor John Graham, who had been the first President for only one year. Previous to his being President, Msgr. Graham was the Principal of Hayes for some sixteen years. I truly feel it to be an honor to lead such a legendary institution such as Cardinal Hayes High School.
I grew up on Staten Island in a family of seven children (sixth of seven) of James and Doris Tierney. I graduated from Saint Sylvester's Grammar School (1974), Saint Peter's Boys' High School (1978) and from Saint Peter's College (B.A. 1982). I entered Saint Joseph's Seminary in September 1982 and began my studies for the priesthood. I was ordained a priest on November 15, 1986 by His Eminence John Cardinal O'Connor. My first priestly assignment was to Saint John the Evangelist Church, Mahopac, NY where I served as a parish priest for six years. Besides my normal parish assignments, I also worked with the youth of the parish. Being the "new guy" in the rectory, and the youngest, I was given the responsibility of moderating the Youth Group for the parish of over 4500 families. I was inspired by the participation of the young people in the variety of activities and programs we hosted as teenagers of the parish.
The young people gathered at the Sunday evening Mass each week, and afterward came together to work together on activities and events that served the parish, the community and other teens. Events such as: visiting nursing homes, retreats for teens, summer bible camps for children, sponsorship for needy children, outreach to the homeless, graduation Masses and weekly meetings to discuss current topics that affected "their" church and faith. In addition, there were dances, social gatherings for fundraising, Christmas parties, and many, many, sleepless ski trips and amusement park adventures, to say the least. All in all, my first years as a priest are full of many good memories of serving the parish of St. John's.