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.