Welcome to Hayden Hall, Darjeeling
Welcome to Hayden Hall. We are a private, non-profit relief and development association based in Darjeeling.
The Name, the vision, and mission of Hayden Hall
Hayden Hall was named after Fr. Edward John Hayden SJ. Fr. Hayden was born on October 15th 1893 in Kildare, Ireland. He studied at Carlow in the school of the Irish Christian Brothers and in his free time worked with his father in their farm. However, Fr. Hayden could never see himself as a farmer for the rest of his life. So he left home and became a wireless operator in the Merchant Navy. After the experience of three and half years at sea, he came to India. Little did he know that he would never go back to the sea - let alone Ireland! In 1921, he began teaching as a layman at North Point. He enjoyed teaching. He also liked the Jesuit community, and in the year 1925 he decided to join the congregation. He was ordained in 1933. After completing his Jesuit training he returned to North Point in 1936. He retired at the age 78 in the year 1971. During his tenure at North Point he was a very important part of everything that happened there. Since he knew what it meant to live a life of poverty, Fr. Hayden loved the poor. In order to commemorate this abundant love for the poor that Fr. Hayden was known for, our founder - Fr. Edgar Burns, named our institute after Fr. Hayden.