Father Panagiotis Hanley
We were happy to welcome Father Panagiotis Hanley to our Parish this past September when he began as our regular priest. Please read below for a greeting to our Parish from Fr. Panagiotis.
You can see the article from Leadership 100 written by Fr. Panagiotis that was distributed to our church by clicking on the link.
Fr. Panagiotis is also available via email if you would like to contact him: FrpHolyTrans@gmail.com
My beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with the greatest spiritual joy in my heart that I address all of you now. As many of you may have already heard, I have been appointed as of September 1st, 2015, by His Eminence, Metropolitan EVANGELOS of New Jersey, as the new Parish Priest at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. I take on this new role, after having served at Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, in Falls Church, Virginia, for the last year and a half, as the assistant Priest, to the Rev. Protopresbyter Costa Pavlakos. Prior to that I served as a Deacon to our Metropolitan at the Metropolis Headquarters in Westfield, New Jersey.
I am excited to embrace this opportunity, together with all of the faithful at Holy Transfiguration, as a new chapter in both my life and the life of the Parish begins. I look forward to getting to know each one of you and your families and loved ones, and to serving you, so that as a family, we may journey closer to Christ our Lord and Savior. No Parish can be sustained by the work of one person. I am not coming to Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church to be a one-man-show. Rather, I am coming to be your Pastor, to work with all of you with the ultimate hope and prayer of guiding each of you towards Christ Jesus. I truly look forward to discovering your talents and helping each one of you make a positive impact upon the Community.
I know also that Holy Transfiguration has a long and celebrated history among her faithful. It is my sincerest hope and prayer, that together with all of you and your labors in the Vineyard of the Lord, I may only enrich and not hinder this history of our beloved Community. Over the coming days and as we approach the Patronal Feast Day celebration of the Parish, I ask for your prayers as I make my transition from Saint Katherine to Holy Transfiguration. May our Lord, Jesus Christ who was Transfigured on the Mount Tabor, guide each one of us as this new chapter in the life of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Parish begins.
Brief Biographical information:
Prior to full-time life in the ministry of the Church my background was in public-service (Law Enforcement) both in the civilian and military. I began my career in Law Enforcement with a University Police Department (NMIMT) in Central New Mexico in 1996. During this same time period, the opportunity would present itself, to enlist in the New Mexico Air National Guard; at that time the 150th Fighter Wing, today the 150th has been re-tasked, as the 150th Special Operations Wing. I enlisted and was assigned to the 150th Security Forces Squadron. I completed Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, and also completed my Air Force Technical School –Security Forces/Law Enforcement Training academy at Lackland AFB as well. In January of 1997, I took a full-time position with a City (Socorro) Police Department in Central New Mexico. To pursue advancement opportunities a year later I would go on active duty in the U.S.A.F. leaving civilian Law Enforcement.
During my time in the Air Force I was deployed to many different locations throughout the world and in support of many different military operations. Including, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as numerous deployments for local exercises and supporting NATO exercises in Europe. While my primary specialty in the Air Force was Security Forces, I was also assigned to the 64th Weapons of Mass Destruction –Civil Support Team (this units primary mission was to assist civilian authorities in the event of a terrorist attack.) In the fall of 2002, I was Honorably Discharged due to medical issues that arose as a result of my service. That same year I would enter Seminary at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
In 2005 I completed my Bachelor’s Degree and in 2008 I would graduate with my Masters of Divinity Degree. On December 16th, 2007, I was ordained to the Holy Deaconate by His Eminence, Metropolitan ISAIAH of Denver and on January 19th, 2014, I was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence, Metropolitan EVANGELOS of New Jersey. I am originally from Paramus, New Jersey, and I have lived in a number of States on the East Coast and in the Southwestern United States.