Fr. Michael Tyson, O.F.M. was born in the Bronx, and went to grammar school, high school, and college in the Bronx. He went to Callicoon on September 8th, 1959. After two years in Callicoon, he went to Noviate and was professed on August 15th, 1962. After two years in Rye Beach studying Philosophy, he received his college degree. He went to Washington, to Holy Name College in June of 1964 for Theology. In the summer after his second year of theology, he went to Puerto Rico for Spanish studies. He spent the summer of his Deacon year in Puerto Rico for more study and was active celebrating Baptisms and working with the Youth Group.
After ordination to the priesthood, he went to Bogota, Colombia for more Spanish. In August of 1968, he arrived in Puerto Rico to work at Madre Cabrini Parish. Two years later, he went to Santa Maria de Los Angeles for two years. His final year in Puerto Rico was spent in Stella Maris parish, located in the hotel area of San Juan.
The Friars were told in 1973 that their endeavors in Puerto Rico were ended. Fr. Michael was assigned to St Joseph’s in East Rutherford and, after six years was sent to Sacred Heart Parish in Rochelle Park. After seven years there he went to 31st street in Manhattan and, after only six months, was sent to Holy Cross in the Bronx to replace Roberto Gonzalez who was ordained a Bishop. After eight years, he was appointed Pastor of St Camillus in Silver Spring, Maryland. After six years there he went to Holy Name Parish in Manhattan and, after six years there, went to St Paul’s Parish in Wilmington, Delaware, and returned to Holy Name Parish in Manhattan for three years before arriving at Siena College to join the St Francis chapel staff.
On August 22nd, 2012 he celebrated his fiftieth anniversary of Profession and will, God willing, celebrate his 50th anniversary of Ordination on December 16th, 2017.