About Me

My name is Hank, short for Henry, Lyon. My parents are both converts to Catholicism. My father converted from Judaism. My mother is "double-convert", she first converted to Judaism and after ten years, converted to Catholicism before my father.

I grew up in Buffalo Grove and call St. Mary’s my home parish, where I attended kindergarten through 8th grade. I went on to Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, where developed my skills in fine arts. After graduation, I attended Iowa State University to study graphic design. Quickly, I fell out of love for working behind a computer and not a canvas. Instead of returning to the canvas, I felt the Lord calling me to be a priest. After my second year at Iowa State, I transferred to St. Joseph’s College Seminary, located on the campus of Loyola University. It was there that I got my degree in philosophy and found life to be a lot sweeter. I finished my junior and senior years of college there, and then went on to Mundelein Seminary.

Hank LyonI am now in my second year of theological studies at Mundelein, and I am two years away from being ordained a priest of Jesus Christ. I enjoy drawing, painting, laughing, having interesting conversations, golf, movies, video games, pool, disc golf, and more.

I’m looking forward to getting to know the St. Juliana community. Please, if you see me around, don’t hesitate to walk over and introduce yourself. I love meeting new people.

Hank Lyon


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