Fr. Daniel J. Ayers was born in Akron, Ohio. After graduating from Archbishop Hoban in 1968. I entered the United States Marine Corp on a two year enlistment, I was sent to the the First Marine Division outside South Vietnam. One of my many responsibilities was to retrieve the US Mail for my outfit. Also on that journey, was the 1st Marine Division Chapel where I attended Mass. Fr. Mark Sullivan, a US Naval Chaplain was instrumental in my early journey to the priesthood. I had assisted Cardinal Cooke for the Christmas Mass outside Danang in December, 1969. I was honorably discharged in April,1970. I enrolled in the GI Bill Educational benefits and received a Technical Education degree from the The University of Akron in 1979. After searching for a teaching position, my efforts became fruitless. The United Army was my next adventure, My father, a twenty year US Army retiree, encouraged me to try the US Army Paratrooper program at Ft. Benning, GA. After completing that rugged program, a nine week school was next at Ft. Lee ,VA and off to to Ft. Carson, CO. From 1982-84, I volunteered at Mass as a lector, Eucharistic minister and fourth grade religious education teacher. I was nominated and received the Community Army Man of the Year for Ft. Carson in 1984.
From 1984-1990, I was a District Manager for the Gazette Telegraph in the Village Seven area of Colorado Springs. Since there was no internet or cell phones, I hired newspaper boys, girls and adults to deliver newspapers. During that period I continued to attend and assist at Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral and at the Ft. Carson Chapels. Entering the seminary at St. Thomas Aquinas in Denver for three years and completing my seminary training at Sacred Heart School of Theology in 1997. I was ordained a Catholic priest by Bishop Hanifen on June 7, 1997.
My pastoral assignments have included assisting at various parishes in the Colorado Springs Diocese. The majority of my pastoral time has been in ministry at the hospital level: Penrose, Memorial and at the Hines VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois. Since August, 2020, my responsibility has been a Parish Administrator at Sacred Heart and St. Augustine Parishes on the Easter Plains. Renovations have taken place at Sacred Heart inside the Church sanctuary as well as the tabernacle, new interior paint, new shelves and updates to the library with Catholic material. On the outside, the Risen Christ was attached to the wooden cross at the front of the Church and two biblical passages were added. The outside of the Church was also painted.