Solidarity School

Solidarity School provides early learning to children for whom Catholic education is not affordable. Serving a predominantly poor Latino community where English is not spoken in many homes, Solidarity School teaches English by immersion, considered one of the most effective means for learning language. English instruction begins at age 3, and most students exit Solidarity ready to begin kindergarten or first

Vatican exhibits ancient Gospels

For the first time in history tourists can now stroll through the halls of the Vatican library and sit quietly to read an ancient manuscript thanks to a new exhibition. “Understanding the Vatican Library: a History Open to the Future,” shows how the library works and toward putting an end to the idea of its mysteriousness and inaccessibility. For the event the Vatican will hold a conference to publicize the library, which has already signed more than 350 experts to participate. 

Reader's Digest interviews Hanna

"I was raised to think like a businessman," says Frank Hanna, 47, who credits a childhood spent hanging around his father's Atlanta real estate investment office for setting him on the road to success. This, plus good instincts and creativity, led to a brainstorm while Hanna was a student at the University of Georgia: He created a

method to help companies get rid of bad loans. At 27, Frank Hanna and his brother, David, tested it, using $160,000 of their savings to buy up loans.

It worked so well, they started an investment firm, selling it later for about $100 million. Other endeavors, including Hanna's current firm, Hanna Capital, have also flourished.

Early on, Frank Hanna contemplated his upward spiral and settled on philanthropy as a calling. Hanna gives generously to Catholic charities, among others, and has co-founded three Catholic schools in Atlanta. Frank Hanna's recent book, What Your Money Means (Crossroad Publishing), addresses basic questions about the positive role money can play in our lives.

Q. Do you believe in the notion of self-made men and women? 

Hanna speaks at Eucharistic Congress

COLLEGE PARK, GA: With word, song, action and art, the speakers in the English track of the 2013 Eucharistic Congress inspired and informed the thousands gathered to listen and learn. The six presenters touched on the themes of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the importance of Scripture, the call to holiness and the role of Mary. Those attending included longtime participants as well as first-time attendees. The congress is an event Mark and Jen Faas look forward to every year. "I see friends and hear some of the speakers," Mark Faas said. "I’m surrounded by like-minded people; it just feels good to be here."

The first speaker was Atlanta investment banker and philanthropist Frank Hanna III. In the context of the theme of the congress, "Do whatever he tells you," Hanna shared the story of how he was able to acquire for the church the famous Bodmer Papyrus XIV-XV, which contains the oldest existing copy of the Gospel of St. Luke and one of the oldest copies of the Gospel of St. John.

Frank Hanna interviewed about Catholic Education

 Last summer, Frank Hanna, who is the CEO of Hanna Capital, LLC, and has been in venture capital and merchant banking for over two decades, addressed Catholic leaders at the Napa Institute in a talk entitled "Catholic Education in the Next America: Where Do We Go From Here?"

National Catholic Register editor in chief Jeanette De Melo spoke with Hanna, a board member of EWTN and the Napa Institute, about the state of Catholic education and what Catholics can do about it.

How did you become involved in education?

For many of us, when we are in college, we start thinking about what we want to do with our lives. I’ve always been very interested in what we Catholics would call the public good — the common good. During college, I was very interested in politics, and I still remain interested in politics, but I realized that so many of our issues start way before people get to the ballot box.

The more I looked into the issues of society, the more I became convinced that a lot of our societal failings happen much sooner; so much of the foundation of our failure was happening in our educational system. And that’s what actually got me thinking about education. I was thinking, "If you are going to do your own part in turning the world around, education is the place to start."

I started to examine it in the secular world, and the more I began to study education, the more I became convinced that the very process of educating a child is inherently a religious undertaking.