Fr Hayden Williams OFMCap was born in Malta on 9th July 1977 and baptized in the Catholic Church on 28 July 1977. He was raised up in the town of Senglea and received his education at the Franciscan Sisters' School and at De La Salle College.
In his home parish dedicated to the Nativity of Our Lady, he was an altar boy and a member of the Legion of Mary. At the age of 13 he was introduced to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal through the parish prayer group Lumen Christi. Two years later he was chosen to lead this same group.
As a teenager, he developed an interest in medicine and wanted to pursue his studies to become a medical doctor. However, during a Catholic Charismatic Conference on 10th April 1994, Divine Mercy Sunday, he felt Jesus calling him to become a priest. Influenced by St Francis of Assisi and St Pio of Pietrelcina, through a process of discernment he embraced the call for the priesthood as Capuchin Friar Minor.
On 9th October 1996, he joined the Capuchins and made his temporary profession of the religious vows on 22nd September 1998 after which he began and successfully finished his Philosophical and Theological studies at the University of Malta. On 25th March 2004 he made his perpetual vows and in that same year, on 17th October, was ordained a deacon.
During the year dedicated to the Eucharist, on 21st July 2005, he was ordained a priest by the Archbishop of Malta, Mgr Joseph Mercieca, and continued his studies at the University of Malta by obtaining a Licentiate in Theology with a dissertation that bears the title The Eucharistic Perspective of the Ministerial Priesthood in John Paul II which has been published as a book under the title Serving the Love of Loves.
In these years, Fr Hayden was ministered in the following ministries: vocations ministry, formator for young Capuchins, guardian of a Capuchin fraternity, youth leader, hospital chaplain at Mater Dei and an assistant parish priest at San Ġwann. Currently, he is a member of St Anthony’s Capuchin fraternity in Paola (Malta). He forms part of the provincial council of the Capuchin Province of Malta as the provincial vicar and co-ordinates the prison ministry at the Corradino Correctional Facilities in Malta.
Fr Hayden is also an itinerant preacher of the Gospel in Malta and abroad. He preached retreats and addressed conferences to the laity, religious and priests in Scotland, Ireland, Albania, Holland, Spain, Italy, Poland, Egypt and Kenya. He also conducts a weekly radio program on Radio Maria (102.3 FM) Mur sewwi l-Knisja tiegħi (Go and repair my Church) and a weekly TV program Ejjew Għandi (Come to me) that is aired on F Living.
Fr Hayden also conducts a monthly evangelization meeting EJJEW GĦANDI (COME TO ME) that is open to all and which includes biblical teachings, Eucharistic adoration and prayers for healing.
He has written Kristu jgħix Fija (Christ lives in Me), and Ir-Rużarju tal-Familja (The Rosary of the Family). He has also recorded the rosary and the divine mercy chaplet in maltese, english and italian, the three languages spoken by Fr Hayden.
On 7 October 2010, Fr Hayden founded the Franciscan Fraternity of Jesus and Mary which has 2 branches: the Apostles (laymen who live on providence and are dedicated to Jesus and the new evangelization in the power of the Holy Spirit with the aim of transforming Christ’s rejection into mercy) and the Disciples (lay people who share in the same mission with the Apostles).