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.

Father Tiscornia was ordained at Maryknoll, New York on May 19, 1973 and was assigned to the Maryknoll Mission Region in Africa. There he took up pastoral work in the Diocese of Musoma, Tanzania serving at Masonga and Nyarombo parishes as well as several years in secondary school chaplaincy. In mid-1980 he returned to the United States for home leave and the Spiritual Renewal Program and in November 1980 was assigned to the United States Region to work specifically in the Task Force for Vocation Recruitment. In January 1982 he was assigned again to the Tanzania Region where he returned to pastoral ministry in Mugumu and Kowak parishes. Father Tiscornia became a member of the Society team of five sent from Africa to work in the Diocese of El Obeid, Sudan in January 1987. After two years of studying Arabic, his first pastoral assignment to the parish of Babanusa, with a fellow Maryknoller, was cut short by the government refusal to allow the priests to minister to the people. He eventually exchanged places with a Sudanese priest and served as rector of St. Kizito seminary until April 1992.

Father Tiscornia was assigned to the United States Region and to formation work on November 1, 1992. He was appointed to the Society's Priesthood Formation Team and in this capacity joined the Formation Staff at the Seminary Residence in Chicago. In addition to his responsibilities in formation work, he was assigned by the General Council in January 1993 as the Society's Africa representative on the Advisory Committee for Peace and Justice.

In September 1995, Father Tiscornia was assigned to the Tanzania Region where he has continued to exercise his pastoral ministry at Mtoni parish in Dar es Salaam. He returned to work with the Church in the Sudan during the latter part of 1998 in the liberated area of the Diocese of El Obeid serving in the Nuba Mountains. There he worked with members of the Apostles of Jesus, an East African missionary congregation. On October 1, 2001, Tom will assume the position of Regional Superior for Maryknoll in Africa. After six years of service in Leading the Region, Tom returned to ministry in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan.

Loren Beaudry-Biography

I was raised on a dairy farm in Albertville, Minnesota. In 1973, I graduated from Elk River high school. Prior to joining Maryknoll, I did various kinds of construction work, e.g., building and roofing houses and making cement tees for parking ramps. I was also an employee of Hoffman Engineering Company in Anoka, Minnesota, where I worked as a spot welder.

I am now a Maryknoll Brother. My years with Maryknoll have been both rewarding and challenging. I have had the privilege of learning another language and the experience of living and working in different parts of Africa. In 1995, I went to Mombasa, Kenya to start a program for street children, which is now called "The Grandsons of Abraham."

After working in the United States for several years in Maryknoll's Vocation Ministry, I moved to the parish of Nyangana in northern Namibia. There I have been again blessed with the opportunity of  working with the Youth of the parish in setting up an activities center and education programs.


James Eble-Biography

Fr. Jim was born Dec. 17, 1952 at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He is a son of an Air Force career man and a Filipina mother. After going to many different primary and high schools in keeping of the life of a military dependant, Father graduated high school in 1971.

After high school Father Jim spent many years working in factories and a shipyard. He worked as a laborer sand blaster for four years in the shipyard at which time he started going to community college at night, finally quitting the shipyard in 1979 so he could finish his college degree in Social Work which he received in 1981.

Father entered Maryknoll in 1982 and first went to Tanzania in 1985 to 1987 as part of his mission-priesthood formation program. After ordination in 1988 he asked for and was assigned to work with an indigenous people called the Wataturu, a pastoral people who have kept to their traditional ways. He was with them for two years.

Afterwards he worked in a rural parish on the Serengeti Plains for six years, four years as assistant pastor and two years as pastor. He was called back to work in the vocation department in 1996 where he worked until his return to Tanzania in 2000.

On his return to Tanzania Fr. Jim enrolled himself in Maryknoll priest Fr. John Eybel’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Bugando Hospital in Mwanza for two years. There he learnt pastoral counseling skills and interacted with fellow Tanzanian students on a deep level.

In 2002 Fr. Jim started working full time in a poor urban section of Mwanza to help out a local priest in giving pastoral service in his very large parish. After two years of conversations, meetings, pastoral service, and visiting, the Christians and Fr. Jim asked the bishop to declare Mabatini a parish which he did on 12 Sept 2004. The name we took for our parish is Transfiguration Parish.