Hanna moderates economic justice roundtable

At the the Fourth Annual Napa Institute Conference this past July, Frank Hanna moderated the Roundtable Discussion on Economic Justice, which can be viewed here.

Themes for the July 24-27, 2014 conference included Economic Justice, Beauty and the Arts, and Reason and Faith.

The distinguished group of speakers and prelates who spoke, including James Cardinal Harvey, William Joseph Cardinal Levada, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Fr. Thomas Loya, Fr. Peter Cameron, Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Dr. Tim Gray, Dana Gioia, Joseph Pearce, Dr. Stephen Barr and Curtis Martin.

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.

Hanna purchased and donated the papyrus to the Vatican Library in 2007. (The Bodmer Papyrus was discovered in Egypt in 1952 and held by a foundation, which offered these two sections for sale.) The manuscript also contains the oldest existing copy of the Lord’s Prayer, in Luke 11:1-4. Hanna said that the word "whatever" in Mary’s instruction to the servers at the wedding of Cana, and to all Christians, is a powerful word—one that is "dangerous." "Following the rule of ‘whatever’ can change your life," he said. 

Hanna encourages solidarity in business

At the September 2014 Conference on Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business at the Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics.Frank Hanna spoke about the critical role of solidarity in business. To read the text of his thoughtful, comprehensive address, click HERE.

Hanna promotes virtue in business

WASHINGTON — Business leaders should embrace virtues like solidarity and mutual dependence among their business partners, employees, customers and broader communities in order to bring wealth to everyone, a Catholic businessman said.

“As Catholics, we must not merely speak words like solidarity — rather, we need to think deeply about what they

Hanna speaks 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

Solidarity School helps children learn English


(Front row, l-r) Noe Santillan, Alex Rodriguez, Jose Adrian Alberto, Ashley Alcantara, Luis Lemus and Yaritza Sanchez, 3-year-old preschool students at the Solidarity School, Atlanta, rehearse for the upcoming Christmas pageant. Preschool teacher Elvira Castro, far right, is assisting the students as they sing “Jingle Bells” in English and Spanish.

3-year-old preschool students at the Solidarity School, Atlanta, rehearse for the upcoming Christmas pageant.


ATLANTA—Born in Mexico, Ameyaltzin Palomino came to the United States as a teenager speaking no English. She entered public school as an ESOL student, a special program to learn English for those with another native language.

“I was 13 years old. It was hard,” said Palomino.

It can be difficult academically and socially for ESOL students, being separated from peers or hearing comments. “That stops you” from learning new things, said Palomino.

When it came time to enroll her first son in preschool, Palomino asked herself, “How can I help him more?”

She discovered the Solidarity School,