Brother Tyrone was a graduate of Essex Catholic, the Brothers’ school in Newark, New Jersey. He went on to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH to earn his bachelor’s degree and begin a career of teaching and administration in public schools and Catholic schools. A few years later he joined the Brothers. His successive assignments included Power Memorial Academy in New York City, Essex Catholic, then in East Orange, NJ, Msgr. Farrell H.S. on Staten Island and Rice H.S. in Harlem. While teaching part-time at Rice, he completed a degree in law at Seton Hall University (East Orange, NJ). Brother served for three and a half years as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn NY (a first for a Christian Brother), before being recruited by Cardinal O’Connor to serve as Director of the Office of Black Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York. Brother Tyrone continues in this position, now serving under Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
Br. Tyrone’s portfolio has expanded over the years to include issues of interreligious dialogue, celebration of diverse cultural traditions, addressing prejudice, cross-cultural conflicts, violence and tension, and finding appropriate worship space for the growing population of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean Islands. Acting on behalf of and in collaboration with a Board of Commissioners for the Office of Black Ministry, Brother Tyrone has made the promotion of local leadership and community empowerment hallmarks of his ministry—a ministry that has become characterized as a multi-ethnic, multi-national, multi-lingual reflection of a very diverse Black Community in the Archdiocese of New York.
Brother serves on the Board of Trustees the College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY), with special interest in their expansive citywide, community-based, adult learner program – the School of New Resources. In connection with his Archdiocesan ministry, Brother was asked by Cardinal Egan to assume the directorship (Vice Postulator) of the Cause for the Canonization of the Ven. Pierre Toussaint (a Haitian-born slave, who lived & ministered in New York in the early 1800’s)…and the Pierre Toussaint Guild. Recently Brother was asked to take on a major role in the Archdiocesan efforts to develop housing for low income and working class individuals & families.
Brother Tyrone’s ministry has included collaboration with a poor, rural community in southwest Haiti in the development of a secondary school – College Pierre Toussaint (established in 2006) — and the enhancement of the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Program for college and university student-leaders of diverse backgrounds. Brother has built a community of benefactors & supporters, and at the same time mentored the Scholars toward assuming continuing leadership roles in the church and in their communities and personal responsibility for giving back in assistance to a new generation of Scholars.
Brother Tyrone locates the margins in the divisions among and between the peoples he is called to serve, in city neighborhoods, ethnic groups, races and socioeconomic strata.