Father Francis Tiso, “The World’s Most Controversial Priest,” speaks about spiritual practices including Buddhism and taking the next step in rainbow body research and exploring the possibilities of a larger view of the meaning of the “dissolution of the body into light.”
A New York native, Father Tiso holds the A.B. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree (cum laude) at Harvard University and holds a doctorate from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary where his specialization was Buddhist studies. He translated several early biographies of the Tibetan yogi and poet, Milarepa, for his dissertation on sanctity in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. He has led research expeditions in South Asia, Tibet and the Far East, and his teaching interests include Christian theology, history of religions, spirituality, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.
Father Tiso is a priest of the Diocese of Isernia-Venafro, Italy, where he now serves as chaplain to the migrant communities in the Province of Isernia. He is President and Founder of the Association Archbishop Ettore Di Filippo, which serves migrant and vulnerable populations in the Province of Isernia. He is Diocesan Delegate for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs. He was associate director for Inter Religious Relations at the USCCB (Secretariat for Ecumenical and Inter religious Affairs) from 2004 to 2009, in Washington, DC.