Michael Hanna was born in Chicopee, MA and attended Holy Name of Jesus Catholic grammar school and East Longmeadow HS. He then earned a business degree at Bryant College in Smithfield, RI. A sports injury in college resulted in a dramatic conversion and healing which changed his life. It was during his convalescence that Michael felt God began calling him.
His early work experiences include; Mass Mutual Company and the US Postal Service. After attaining a Master's degree in Education he spent seventeen years teaching in Massachusetts, Florida and Alaska. His fluency in Portuguese also led to teaching assignments in Brazil. Michael is a lector and member of St. Mary's of Longmeadow and St. Michael's churches in East Longmeadow, MA.
“There were many wonderful priests along the way who have helped me determine my vocation. Father Rick Turner, my former pastor at St. Michael’s and Father Stan Jaszek of Poland, my spiritual director in Alaska has been of great help to me.”