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Edward Shellito

Edward David Shellito was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on January 25, 1952, son of Edward L. Shellito and Virginia Ann Campbell. He is the oldest of five children, having two brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Cathedral Preparatory High School, Erie, Pennsylvania in 1970 and went on to Maryknoll College, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. When Glen Ellyn closed in 1971, he continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) where he earned a B.A. in Psychology in 1974. He entered Maryknoll at Hingham, Massachusetts in September 1974. As a Seminarian, he completed his two years of Overseas Training Program in the Philippines, from 1977 through 1979. During language study he was actively involved in the local neighborhood around the language...

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Fr Richard Bauer, MM: Mission and Ministry Africa Region

Since 1982 I have been active in the care, support and treatment of people living with HIV.  Before the advent of anti-retroviral treatment for HIV in 1996, this largely entailed end-of-life hospice care, accompanying individuals as they prepared for the inevitable. Holistic comprehensive care entails assessment and treatment for all symptoms, including integrating an individual’s spiritual beliefs and concerns into their care.   From my arrival in Tanzania in 1996, I worked to integrate the palliative care paradigm into existing care and treatment programs for people with HIV at PASADA (Pastoral Activities and Services for People with AIDS Dar es Salaam Archdiocese) and from 2003 at Catholic AIDS Action (CAA) in Namibia.   Yet, for the overwhelming majority of Africans...

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Richard Albertine-Biography

Richard Albertine was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on August 20, 1939, son of Rudolph L. Albertine and Margaret Ann Malik. He is the eldest of four boys and grew up in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania, the son of a coal miner. Grade School was in the tiny town of Beaver Meadows, Pennsylvania. Richard entered the tenth grade at the Maryknoll Junior Seminary (Venard), Clark Summit, Pennsylvania on September 6, 1954. He graduated from Maryknoll College, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He was ordained a priest at Maryknoll Seminary, New York on June II, 1966. After ordination Father Albertine departed for his mission assignment in the Maryknoll Mission Unit in Venezuela on July 20, 1966. After language study in Maryknoll's Cochabamba Language...

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Brother Mark Aloys Gruenke-Biography

Brother Mark was born in Red Wing, Minnesota on October 16, 1946. He is the third child of Aloys Peter Gruenke and Barbara Ann Hallquist. He has an older brother and sister and a younger sister and two younger brothers. The family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota when Mark was two years old. He attended Nativity and St. Luke’s grade schools where he was taught by the St. Joseph of Carondelet Sisters. He graduated from Cretin High School which is run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. After graduation in 1964, Mark entered the Christian Brothers novitiate in Winona Minnesota. He took his first vows with the Christian Brothers in 1966. He majored in Biology at St. Mary’s University,...

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Edward Davis-Biography(Archives)

Father Ed Davis had been a priest for nine years before his arrival in Africa as a missioner. After his ordination to priesthood in 1961, Maryknoll assigned Father Davis to its Promotion Department. His work was to recruit young men to become Maryknoll priests and Brothers and to motivate people to share in Maryknoll's missionary work by their prayers and sacrifices. This work brought him into contact with the United States Church in the extensive areas covered by the promotion houses of Cleveland and Philadelphia and in the state of Connecticut. From 1963 to 1966, Father Davis was the Personnel Director of all the lay employees of the Maryknoll Society. In 1970, Father Davis was assigned to Tanzania and, after...

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Ed Schoellman-Biography

Ed Schoellman recently returned to Africa. In semi-retirement he continues to accompany the people of Shinyanga with whom he worked for many years..

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Donald Sybertz-Biography

Father Donald F. Sybertz was born July 23, 1928, in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, the son of Frank W. and Helen Bronder Sybertz. He attended Bicknell School and Weymouth High School, and earned an A.B. in economics from Boston College, before entering Maryknoll in 1950. After his ordination in 1955, he was assigned to Busanda Parish in Shinyanga Diocese, Tanzania. Then he served in Nassa Parish and after one year went to Kilulu Parish in the plains region of northern Tanzania. Father Sybertz built the first home there to provide shelter and care for aged persons lacking families and housing. He was later assigned to Gula Parish, a large sprawling parish undergoing expansion of people and villages. Eventually the parish was...

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Daniel Ohmann-Biography

Father Daniel Francis Ohmann was born July 6, 1927, in Greenwald, Minnesota, in the Diocese of St. Cloud, the son of John and Elizabeth Feneis Ohmann. He is one of eight children; his sister, Elizabeth, is a Franciscan nun. He attended District 51 grammar school in Greenwald, at that time taught by Benedictine nuns, and Melrose Public High School before entering the army in 1945. Following his discharge, Father Ohmann studied math and music for three years at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, before entering Maryknoll in 1949. After his ordination on June 11, 1955, Father Ohmann was assigned to do promotional and fund-raising work in the United States, serving as director of the Minneapolis Development House from 1958 to...

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Hung Minh Dinh-Biography

Maryknoll, N.Y. – Hung Minh Dinh, M.M., of Garden Grove, Calif., was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 2008  in Ossining, N.Y., by His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York. Hung was born in Hue, Vietnam on August 1, 1966. In Vietnam, Dinh worked in Can Gio Parish in a small, poor village outside Saigon (1989-92).There he served as choir director and catechist, and tutored the children in math and reading as well as giving them the basic knowledge they would need to function in the city. He credits his time in Can Gio as contributing to his call to mission. “I had a chance to live with the poorest people who had only one meal per...

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Thomas Tiscornia-Biography

Thomas A. Tiscornia was born on February 5, 1944 in Hoboken, New Jersey, son of August and Evelyn Nolan Tiscornia. He has three brothers and two sisters. He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grammar School in Tenafly, Saint Cecilia High School in Englewood and Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey where he received a B.S. in Secondary Education, and entered Maryknoll at Glen Ellyn, Illinois in September, 1966. He attended the Summer Institute on Sub-Saharan Africa at Notre Dame University in 1970 prior to going to Tanzania for two years where he did his Overseas Training Program. [caption id="attachment_691" align="alignright" width="300"] Chinese New Year in Chicago 2017[/caption] Father Tiscornia was ordained at Maryknoll, New York on May...

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