James Hayes was was a Jesuit Missionary and the first Bishop and Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro and founded Xavier University.
Hayes was born in New York, and was ordained a priest in 1921. In 1928, as a parish priest of Cagayan de Oro City, Hayes established San Agustin Parochial School, an elementary school for boys and girls, which grew into the present day Lourdes College.
Hayes was appointed the first Bishop of the newly established diocese of Cayagan de Oro in 1933, the same year he established the Ateneo de Cagayan as a high school for boys. In 1958 the Ateneo gained university status and changed its name to Xavier University.
Cagayan de Oro's Cathedral of Saint Augustine was originally built in 1845 by the
Augustinian Friars, but was destroyed during World War II by the liberating American
planes. Hayes rebuilt the church in 1946 on Gothic lines, furnishing it with 19th-
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