Father Markos Hanna was born on July 8, 1953 in Cairo, Egypt. He immigrated with his parents on November, 25 1970. He came to California June 1971 at the age of 17. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1975. He worked as a chemist for 12 years and supervised the chemistry department for 11 yearsin MTI, an independent laboratory for NASA, Rocketdyne, etc.
In addition, he served as a deacon and youth leader at St. Mark Church in Los Angeles from 1971-1985 where he translated many sermons of the blessed memory His Holiness Pope Shenouda III and also taught the hymns and praises of the church to the deacons.
He was ordained presbyter by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III on Friday, February 19, 1988 in St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt. He served at St. Mark’s in Los Angeles from 1988-2002 and is currently serving at Archangel Michael in Simi Valley. He has written and translated many liturgical church books from Arabic into English which is still used till now.
Amazon published one of his books; MORAL ISSUES in 2012
He also has a successful Pre-Marital Counseling (one-on-one) which is considered to be the first of its kind in the immigration land, and was put together in 1990.
On Sunday March 27, 2022, he was elevated to the priestly dignity of Hegumen by His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion.
Ordained: February 19, 1988