Edward Hayes-Biography

Father Edward Hayes was born on November 13, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, son of Patrick and Gertrude Tate Hayes. He graduated from Blessed Sacrament Grammar School in Cambridge in 1946 and attended one year of Sacred Heart Central High School in Cambridge, before entering Maryknoll's Brookline Junior Seminary in September 1947. Father Hayes was ordained June 13, 1959 at Maryknoll, New York.

After ordination, Father Hayes was assigned to Maryknoll's Mission in Tanzania where he served for almost thirty-one years. Father Hayes was deeply involved with the African people in various pastoral ways. He worked to Christianize the central rituals of the Wakuria, to incorporate their passage to elderhood into a Christian feast. As some of these elders were baptized, they opened the door for the conversion of others of their people. Father Hayes was elected Second Assistant to the Regional Superior for Tanzania in 1981 and was elected Regional Superior of Tanzania in June 1983 and re-elected in 1986.

At the 1990 Chapter, Father Hayes was elected to the General Council and served as the Africa Area Assistant General. Upon completion of his term on the Council, he attended the Institute for Continuing Theological Education of the North American College in Rome. Father Hayes was appointed Procurator General for the Maryknoll Society for a three-year term effective June 1, 1997 with residence in Rome, Italy. On January 1, 1999, he was assigned to the Maryknoll Africa Region with residence in Rome.

In mid-2000, Ed returned to his beloved Africa to work among the Kuria people in Kowak Parish, Musoma, Tanzania.


Ramon McCabe-Biography

Father Ramon J. McCabe, the sixth child in a large family, was born in Madelia, Minnesota on September 15, 1928, son of Osmond and Mary McCabe. His father and five of his brothers served in the military during three major U.S. wars. Father McCabe attended Mater Dolorosa grade school and Madelia High School and upon graduation entered Maryknoll in September 1946.

Because of the post-war vocation boom, Father McCabe and eight other Maryknoll Seminarians were sent to Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minnesota. The following nine years were spent in the various Maryknoll seminaries in New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York. He was ordained on June 9, 1956 at Maryknoll, New York. In those years one was not given a choice of where to go, but Father McCabe was fortunate to be assigned to the country he most wanted to go and still enjoys, Tanzania.

The country as well as the Church have experienced dramatic changes and growth during the four decades Father McCabe has worked in Tanzania. The country became independent and quadrupled its population; the Church leadership went from a handful of European and American Bishops to 30 indigenous Bishops.

Father McCabe is now pastor at Kiagata Parish where there is a convent and four African Sisters. During his forty years in Tanzania, Father McCabe was principally involved in pastoral ministry and evangelizing among the rural poor. During two periods he had the additional work of food relief distribution.

Several other priests started their Tanzania careers with Father McCabe. At various times over the years he has lived and worked with several Maryknoll priests, a Maryknoll Priest Associate, two priest associates from Poland, and five African priests.

When asked about the rigors of mission life in Africa, Father McCabe wonders jokingly if he could have survived so long in the cold Minnesota winters he experienced as a child.

Michael Bassano-Biography

Mike comes to the African Region of Maryknoll after serving with Maryknoll in Chile and Thailand. Born in Binghamton, New York, he was ordained for the Diocese of Syracuse in 1975. He became a Maryknoll associate in 1987 and was assigned to the Society's Chile region for 10 years, where he ministered to the families of detained and disappeared peoples in the southern district of Santiago. Fr.Mike took his final oath to Maryknoll in 1998 and was assigned to Bangkok, Thailand, working with HIV/AIDS patients, as well as abused and orphaned children in the slums of Khlong Toey.

A drama enthusiast since his high school days, Bassano has memorized the Gospel of Matthew, and with his guitar has performed in the streets of Chile and Thailand as a street-preacher.  This past summer (2008), he began his new mission in Tanzania, Africa. After language studies in Kiswahli, he hopes to continue his ministry to with people affected by AIDS in Musoma, Tanzania.

Kenneth Sullivan-Biography

Kenneth Joseph Sullivan was born in New York City, on December 13, 1926, near the present location of the United Nations Building. He was the only child of Eugene and Veronica Walsh Sullivan. After a year, the first of many moves occurred in Father Sullivan's life, for he and his family moved to the South Bronx where he started school. Then, there was another move to Queens, New York, where he entered the School of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Astoria, from which he graduated in 1943. He then attended La Salle Academy, a high school run by the La Salle Brothers of Christian Instruction. It was here that he first considered and became interested in becoming a priest. After hearing a conference given by Monsignor George Carroll, M.M., he decided to enter Maryknoll.

In 1944, Father volunteered to enter the United States Navy. He was accepted and became a hospital corpsman. He served in the Navy for twenty months. He reapplied to Maryknoll and was accepted to enter the Maryknoll Minor Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1946. He then attended Maryknoll Junior College in Lakewood, New Jersey, for two years and then Maryknoll Seminary for six years. He was ordained at Maryknoll, New York, on June 8, 1957.

After ordination, he was assigned to the Maryknoll Mission in Africa to work in the new Diocese of Musoma, Tanzania, which had been established that same year. Shortly after his arrival in September, he attended the consecration of Bishop John Rudin, the first Maryknoll Bishop of Musoma. Father Sullivan was assigned to the newly opened mission of Zanaki, named for the people who lived in the area. This mission became his home for five years as he settled in to learn the language and customs of the people who were the Zanaki tribe. There were several changes of assignments to different missions after that but Zanaki was the beginning of his work in Tanzania.

In 1978, Father Sullivan was assigned to the United States Region and the Development Department for work in the St. Louis, Missouri area. His three-year assignment was extended for one year until 1982. Father Sullivan was then assigned to start a student program in St. Louis for Maryknoll candidates on the college level. After one year, Father Sullivan was reassigned to Tanzania.

In 1986, he was again assigned to the Development Depar1ment and this work brought him to Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Florida, Chicago, and Seattle.

Father Sullivan returned to Africa in 1989 and is presently working at Mwisenge Catholic Church in Musoma Diocese , Tanzania

James Conard-Biography

Father James Conard was born on November 27, 1929 in Green Bay Wisconsin, son of Clifford and Estella Van Den Wymelenberg Conard. After finishing grade school at St. John the Evangelist Parish, he studied at Central Catholic High School and upon graduation, he entered Maryknoll at Lakewood, New Jersey in September 1947.

After ordination on June 9, 1956, he was assigned to work in the Musoma Prefecture in what was then called Tanganyika Territory. His first seventeen years were spent at Iramba Parish on the edge of the Serengeti Plains working with the Bangoreme people.

In Ngoreme he built the first Standard Seven Primary School in 1964. He also built a dispensary, chapels and a new church at Iramba in 1962. The people were mostly herders and hunters. As the primary purpose of the cows was for cow dowry, he introduced Freisian cattle to the area to increase milk production.

From 1973 to 1976, Father Conard worked at Zanaki Mission. Then in 1976 to June 1978 he was Pastor of Mugango Parish on the shores of Lake Victoria. From June 1978 to the present time, he has been Pastor of Kowak Parish where Maryknollers took over from the White Fathers in 1946.

In the late 1980's, Father Conard was instrumental in enlarging the Bedded Dispensary to a thirty-eight bed Health Centre. About 120 to 150 blood transfusions are given each month, mostly to small children with the bad affects of malaria. Most of the money for the 1980's extension came from Japan, along with two workers. Sister Yuriko Kashiwasa, S.S.H. was instrumental in this.

During the last five years much of the time has been used in starting and building Kowak Girls Secondary School. It had its first graduation in October 1995. This boarding school of three hundred and twenty girls was badly needed in a country like Tanzania.

None of this work would have been possible except for the generous grants of many donors from many countries, but especially from Maryknoll. Nor could this have been accomplished without many dedicated personnel with their various abilities. Their names and Societies are too many to be listed here. ASANTE SANA!