Biography: Father Nicholas M Hanna
Father Nicholas M. Hanna was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1970 to devout parents Mansour and Samira Hanna. As a child, he attended the public school system in Beirut until grade 6. With his parents, he moved to Jeita near Jounieh in Kessrawan, completed his high school and graduated from Notre Dame of Louize in Kessrowan in 1987. He than traveled to Michigan, USA and got his MBA in 1995. Like his Late father who was killed during the Lebanese civil war in 1983, he was extremely interested in theology from a young age and the life of the saints. He and his wife Presbytera Sofia immigrated to the United States in July of 2004 where he joined the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Los Angeles.
In 2011, during the Chicago Archdiocesan Covention, he received from the Hands of Late Metropolitan Philip Saliba, of Thrice Blessed Memory and Eternal Rest, his MA, Master's Degree in Pastoral Theology
He served at Nicholas Catherdral from 2004 to 2014 in concelebrating the Divine Liturgies and the 7 Sacraments of the Church especially (baptisms, marriages).
The Holy Spirit Ordained him a priest by the laying on of hands of Archbishop Joseph on September 15, 2013 and was assigned the Pastor of St. George Church in Upland, CA until his move to Canada on July 7, 2019. He Serves St. Philip Church since then.
Father's interests and hobbies include, music, reading, biking and hiking. On the spiritual level, he enjoys saying the daily Prayers, the daily Liturgical Readings and reading the lives of the Saints, the prophets and the great personalities of the Old Testament. His patron Saint is St. Nicholas of Myra. The closest saints to his heart for daily intercession and prayers are the Theotokos, St. John the Forerunner, St. Anthony the Great, St. Necktarios and St. Paisios.
He is happy and eager to serve the Church of St. Philip in Edmonton and to get the parishioners to work together with the newcomers for the growth of the church completing the work of St. Paul to the Ephesians (4:17-13):
"Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore, it is said, "When he ascended on high, he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (in saying, "He ascended, " what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to become mature, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."