Paulist Deacon Michael Hennessy is native of Manchester, NH, the son of Justin and Karen Hennessy.
He is a 2004 graduate of St. Anselm College where he studied history. He taught that same subject for eight years at Central High School in Manchester.
Deacon Mike discovered the Paulist Fathers through "The Busted Halo Show," a radio talk show hosted by Paulist Fr. Dave Dwyer on SiriusXM's The Catholic Channel.
He entered our novitiate in the fall of 2012 and made his first promises to our community during a special Mass on July 27, 2013.
He served his pastoral year at Immaculate Conception Church, the parish we serve in Knoxville, TN.
He made his final promises to the Paulist community on September 1, 2017.
On September 2, 2017, he was ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Barry Knestout in the crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
God-willing, Deacon Mike will be ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, September 2, 2017; and be ordained a priest on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Some fun facts:
- Birthday: May 12, 1982
- Favorite Saint: St. Benedict
- Hobbies: Travel, reading, American history, recreational sports (golf, volleyball, dodge ball)
- Favorite Food: New England Clam Chowder
- What he enjoys most about being a theology student: "I love having the opportunity to grow in my Paulist identity and spirituality within a greater context with other seminarians and religious at the Catholic University of America. Academically, it is exciting to think of the ways I can use the information I learn in my classes with the Paulist mission of evangelizing North America."
On Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, Mike made his final promises (or "final profession") to the Paulist Fathers community during a special Mass in the chapel at St. Joseph's Seminary in Washington, D.C.
An interview with Deacon Mike after he made his final promises to the Paulist Fathers on September 1, 2017:
On Sept. 2, 2017, Mike—now Deacon Mike—was ordained a transitional deacon. The Mass took place in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on the campus of The Catholic University of America.
In June, 2016, Mike gave a talk to the Frassati Fellowship of Knoxville, TN, about monastic brewing. Please give it a look: