Abbot Giles Hayes Resigns CMSM Presidency

SILVER SPRING, MD (March 19, 2012). The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) announced today that the Right Rev. Giles P. Hayes, OSB, Abbot of St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, NJ, has resigned as the conference president for reasons of health. In accord with the statutes of the conference, the Very Rev. Thomas H. Smolich, SJ, CMSM Vice President, assumed the office of president of CMSM. The membership of CMSM will elect a new president for a two‐year term at the next assembly of the conference.

At the recent semi‐annual meeting, the CMSM National Board of Directors chose Sacred Heart Brother Ronald Talbot, SC, present Secretary/Treasurer, to serve as Vice President of the conference until the next assembly.


1. *** Call for Giles Resignation from CMSM:

“Abbot Giles Hayes of St. Mary’s Abbey and Delbarton School must resign or be fired immediately. Fr. Giles also must resign or be fired from his position as President of the United States Conference of Major Superiors of Men because it is clear he cannot provide the necessary good example to other religious superiors on the handling of sex abuse claims.”

Bob Hoatson – Road to Recovery
January 14, 2012
Road to Recovery comments on Delbarton sexual abuse debacle

2. *** Call for Giles Resignation from at Abbot of St. Mary’s:

“Patrick Marker, the victims advocate who made the allegations public last week in a letter to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, said Delbarton’s admission didn’t go far enough. He called for the resignation of Hayes.”

Delbarton: Mistakes Were Made
January 17, 2012
Star Ledger