Fr. Michael Lamanna, S.J
Sacred Heart welcomes Fr. Michael J. Lamanna, S.J. He was born in Albany, New York, and claims all of Upstate New York as home. He attended Syracuse University and did two years of volunteer work before entering the Society in 2011. He cherishes memories of working with great women religious in Syracuse, New York, and Buffalo, New York, right before and right after joining the Society.
Working with migrants and refugees has been a formative part of Fr. Michael’s life. He worked in Refugee Resettlement in Syracuse before he entered the Society, and he has had a couple of opportunities to live and work near the Southwestern border as a Jesuit, including a summer working with the Kino Border Initiative. He most recently served as a deacon at St. Ignatius Parish in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, a welcome pastoral outlet in a time when interpersonal ministry is quite scarce. He completed a Master of Divinity and Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. After ordination, Fr. Michael will do a pastoral year at Sacred Heart Parish in Richmond, Virginia.