Francis Joseph TenHoopen was born in Zeelan, Michigan on January 25, 1952, son of William and Helen Eggleston TenHoopen. He grew up with six brothers and three sisters. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School, and St. Peter and Paul High School Seminary (PIME) in Newark, Ohio. Continuing in his formation with PIME (Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions), he attended Maryglade College Seminary at the University of Detroit where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies in 1975. He entered Maryknoll at Hingham, Massachusetts in September 1977, and took his First Oath to the Maryknoll Society on May 27, 1978.
Brother Frank did his OTP in Kenya from August 1979 through May 1981, working with the SOS Children’s Home and as patron of the Young Christian Students movement at Jericho Parish, Nairobi. He professed his Permanent Oath to the Society in April 1982, and was officially assigned to the Kenya Region. After four months of language school in Tanzania, Brother Frank was assigned to Kilifi Parish working in the formation of Small Christian communities until 1990 when he was assigned to the Youth Office of the Archdiocese of Mombasa, where he has worked until now. While working in Kenya Brother Frank continued his studies, and in April 1983 received his Master of Arts from Maryknoll Seminary, New York.
Brother Frank has devoted his entire mission career to the people in Kenya. He participated in the 1999 ICSA held in Nairobi, and in 1998 he was elected Assistant Regional Superior of the Africa Region, a position to which he was re-elected in 2001. He was a Delegate to the Eleventh General Chapter in 2002, representing Permanent Oath Brothers Serving Overseas.