Joseph Healey-Biography

Joseph Graham Healey was born on April 29, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, son of John Anthony Healey and Virginia Mary Graham. At an early age his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. He has two brothers, three stepbrothers and one sister. He attended Gilman School and graduated from Portsmouth Abbey High School in Rhode Island in June 1956. After three years at Princeton University he entered Maryknoll College, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, on September 4, 1959. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Maryknoll College in June 1961, and his Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Maryknoll Seminary, New York. He was ordained a priest there on June 11, 1966. After ordination, Father Healey received a Masters degree in Journalism (International Communications) at the University of Missouri in 1968 and then worked for the Maryknoll Magazine at Maryknoll, New York and produced religion television programs for the local NBC affiliate station in New York City.

In 1968, he was assigned to the 'then' Maryknoll Africa Region. From 1969-1974 he was the Social Communications Secretary of AMECEA (Association of the Catholic Bishops Conferences in Eastern Africa) based in Nairobi, Kenya. He served as Editor of AMECEA Communications and conducted training workshops in communications media. He served as the Church Press Officer during Pope Paul VI's visit to Uganda in 1969 and during various Regional and Continental Bishops Meetings. After a spiritual renewal sabbatical he lived a ministry of spiritual presence in Nyabihanga Village in Rulenge, Tanzania from 1976-1978. In 1979 he was assigned to Maryknoll's Formation-Education Department and coordinated the Integration Year and taught mission spirituality at Maryknoll Seminary, New York. He received a Master degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in 1981.

After returning to the Tanzania Region in 1982, Father Healey worked in the Iramba Parish in Musoma Diocese, where he concentrated on building Small Christian Communities and developing the Adult Catechumenate (RCIA). In February, 1987, he became the Social Communications Coordinator of the Maryknoll Missioners based at Makoko, Musoma. He did research on African proverbs, sayings and stories and gave occasional lectures on inculturation at the Makoko Language School.

He has written extensively on Small Christian Communities, African proverbs, sayings and stories, communications, inculturation, and mission. His books include A Fifth Gospel: The Experience of Black Christian Values (Orbis Books, 1981); Kuishi lnjili -- Living the Gospel (Benedictine Publications, 1982); Kueneza Injili Kwa Methali -- Preaching the Gospel Through Proverbs (Benedictine Publications, 1984); What Language Does God Speak: African Stories About Christmas and Easter (St. Paul Publications, 1989); Kugundua Mbegu za Injili -- Discovering Seeds of the Gospel (Benedictine Publications, 1993); Je, Mungu Anasema Lugha Gani? (Benedictine Publications, 1993), Towards An African Narrative Theology (first printed in 1996 and now in the following editions: Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 5th Printing 2004 and Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 4th Reprint 2005); Once Upon a Time in Africa: Stories of Wisdom and Joy (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004); African Stories for Preachers and Teachers (Paulines Publications Africa, 2005); and Small Christian Communities Today: Capturing the New Moment (edited with Jeanne Hinton) (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2005).

On August 25, 1989, Father Healey was appointed the Second Assistant to the Regional Superior of the Maryknoll Tanzania Mission Region. For many years he was the Editorial Advisor to two publications, Communicatio Socialis Yearbook and New People. On September 18, 1989 he was elected Second Chapter Delegate for the Tanzania Region and attended the Ninth General Chapter of the Maryknoll Society at Maryknoll, New York in October 1990.

In November, 1994, Fr. Healey moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he works in a variety of mission, communications and pastoral ministries. He was the Chairperson and later Coordinator of the Mission Awareness Committee (MAC) of the Religious Superiors' Association of Tanzania (RSAT). He is a member of the St. Charles Lwanga Jesus Small Christian Community (SCC) in Drive-in Estate and a member of the Jesus Caritas Fraternity. Presently he is the Local Superior of the Maryknoll Society House in Masaki, Msasani and the Editor of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region Newsletter. He is the representative of the Maryknoll Africa Region on the Orbis Books Advisory Board and the Moderator of the "African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories Website" at

Richard Quinn-Biography

Father Richard James Quinn was born on September 27, 1926 in Passaic, New Jersey, son of William John and Mary Holland Quinn. He has four brothers and one sister. Richard attended St. Paul's Grammar School and graduated from Pope Pius XII High School in Passaic. He entered Maryknoll Apostolic College (Venard), Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1945. At Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining, New York, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in June 1949, his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in June 1953 and his Master of Religious Education degree in June 1954. Richard was ordained a priest in Annunciation Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse, Ossining on June 12, 1954.

Following his ordination, Father Quinn was assigned to the Maryknoll Mission Region in Musoma, Tanganyika, East Africa. After learning the Kengoreme language he was appointed Assistant Pastor of the Iramba Parish for one year and then appointed Pastor of the same parish. As a vigorous priest he was a good builder, organizer and administrator. Upon completing his Kiswahili language course in Moshi, Tanzania, he was assigned to Tarime Parish for nine months. Then in 1962 he was made Pastor of the Komuge Parish where he remained until 1971. He was proficient in the Kisimbeti language. He formed the Mara Jazz Band which was #1 on the music charts for one year in East Africa.

After one semester of core Theology at Maryknoll, New York, Father Quinn was assigned to build a new parish called Kebirigo in Kisii, Kenya. He immediately saw the diocesan need for a Lay Leadership Community Training Center which would offer both pastoral and socio-economic courses. It was the first Diocesan Pastoral Center in Kenya and Father Quinn named it the Viongozi Senta (Leadership Center). More than forty short courses were offered to both religious and lay leaders. Three months of each year were dedicated to youth courses. Of this period Father Quinn says, “I now knew how to evangelize as well as catechetize and sacramentalize. For seven years in the Kisii Highlands I proved that our lay people, if honestly formed, can do wonders. In fact without them today, the Church is limping.”

It was while running this busy center that Father Quinn saw the need for developing audio-visual pastoral tools. This eventually led him into the video ministry. During a Sabbatical year in 1979-1980, Father Quinn participated in two mission renewal programs; one at Maryknoll Seminary and the second at the Vatican II Institute in Menlo Park, California. His final studies were in video production at the University of Missouri for eight weeks. He took a second production course in 1982 at Fordham University, Bronx, New York.

For twenty-three years Fr. Quinn has been the Director of Ukweli Video Productions under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Nairobi. More than 90 video documentaries, plays, and docu-dramas have been produced, with 60 having a strong pastoral message. Every corner of Africa has heard about Ukweli Video Productions, and many have been shown on television stations worldwide. Ukweli Video Productions is now Africanized, with a staff of 15. Father Quinn is presently involved in forming Lay Evangelizing Teams in Kenya.

Kenneth Thesing-Biography

Kenneth Francis Thesing was born on May 9, 1942, in Lewiston, Minnesota, son of Theodore John and Evelyn Regina Thesing. He has nine brothers, one of whom is Father Gilbert Thesing, O.P. working since 1968 in Nigeria, West Africa. The others are married with their own families. Ken attended the public schools in Lewiston and graduated from high school in June 1960. He completed one year of studies at St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota. On September 6, 1961 Ken entered Maryknoll College, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He became the Editor of the College publication called "DuPage", and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy on June 7, 1964. At Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining, New York, he received his Bachelor of Divinity degree in June 1968, and his Master of Arts degree in Theology in May 1969. He was ordained a priest at Maryknoll Seminary on May 24, 1969.

Following ordination, Father Thesing was assigned to the Development Department and served for three years in the Minneapolis Development House. He was then assigned to the Maryknoll Mission in Tanzania, East Africa. After language and cultural studies Father Thesing was placed in the rural parish of Ndoleleji. His work entailed basic parochial ministry, the training of lay leaders and the promotion of personal and civic growth among the people through various projects in agriculture, health and education. In 1974 he was appointed Coordinator of the Agricultural Program in the Shinyanga Diocese.

Through much of his ministry during the passing years, Father Thesing was also closely associated with matters of administration. On August 6, 1975 he was appointed First Assistant to the Regional Superior for a term of three years. In February 1978 he was elected First Delegate for the Africa Region to the Seventh General Chapter at Maryknoll, New York, in 1978. In May 1978 he was appointed Second Assistant to the Regional Superior.

Upon his return to Shinyanga he was appointed First Assistant to the Tanzania Regional Superior in February 1979 for three years. When the Africa Area was formed after the 1978 General Chapter, Father Thesing served as the first Africa Area Coordinator. In 1980 Father Thesing was assigned to the Gula Parish and part of his work entailed developing the new quasi-parish of Mwabusalu. On April 1, 1981, Father Thesing was appointed Assistant Regional Superior of the Tanzania Mission Region. In 1982 he was transferred as Pastor to the Queen of Apostles Parish in Ndoleleji. During home furlough in 1982 he attended the Spiritual Renewal Program.

Father Thesing was elected Second Delegate for the Tanzania Region for the Eighth General Chapter in October-November of 1984. During the Chapter he was elected Second Assistant General and served for six years on the General Council. At the Ninth General Chapter in October-November 1990, Father General was elected Superior General of the Maryknoll Society.

John Lange-Biography

Father John J. Lange, one of seven children, two brothers and four sisters, was born to John and Cecelia Roediger Lange in Dubuque, Iowa, on January 18, 1931. He attended Nativity Parish grammar school and Loras High School, both in Dubuque and entered Maryknoll on November 13, 1949.

Father Lange was ordained on June 14, 1958 and assigned to the Maryknoll Development House in Minneapolis, Minnesota until April 1962, at which time he traveled by boat to the Tanzania, East Africa Region. Because of his mission experience Father John was reassigned to Development work in July 1968. He was appointed Regional Director and Superior of the Minneapolis House in 1969 and continued in this position, until he was reassigned to Africa on August 1, 1973.

After spending time in Maryknoll's Dar es Salaam Society House in Tanzania, he has served seven years in ministry at the Maryknoll House in Nairobi, Kenya. Presently he is serving as chaplain to the Little Sisters of St. Francis in Nairobi while continuing his ministry in the Mukuru slums of Nairobi.