About Solidarity

The Solidarity Association is an Association of the Christian Faithful founded by Frank Hanna with the approval and guidance of Archbishop John F. Donoghue.  The Association seeks to strengthen and renew the Church by assisting in critical missions within the Church for which others may not be equipped.  Although the Solidarity Association is best known for its purchase and donation of the Mater Verbi (Bodmer) Papyrus to the Vatican Apostolic Library, it also devotes itself, in particular, to the causes of Catholic education, liturgical renewal, and stewardship.



Frank Hanna

Frank J. Hanna is CEO of Hanna Capital in Atlanta, Georgia.  He invests as a merchant banker in technology and financial services, and has started and sold a number of businesses over the last twenty-five years.  Prior to going into the investment business, he was a corporate attorney.  He is featured in the PBS documentary, The Call of the Entrepreneur.

Frank has been involved in education for the last 32 years, and has been instrumental in the foundation of eight Catholic educational institutions, including four schools in Atlanta. One of them, Holy Spirit Preparatory School, has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the country. Frank is a frequent speaker on issues of faith, money, and business, and recently published the best-selling book, What Your Money Means, which proposes a new paradigm of philanthropy today. Frank serves as a Knight of Malta and a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. He is a board member of the Papal Foundation the Acton Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, the Napa Institute, EWTN, the Catholic University of America, and the Institute for Psychological Sciences, and a member of the Advisory Boards of Seton Education Partners, the Catholic Leadership Institute, the Sanctuary of Culture Foundation, and the School of Business and Economics of the Catholic University of America. Pope Benedict XVI named Frank a  Knight of the Grand Cross in the Order of St. Gregory. During the administration of George W. Bush, Frank served as co-chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. He is the founder of the Solidarity Association, which has been instrumental in many charitable efforts, foremost of which is its trusteeship of the Hanna Papyrus Trust, which guards the oldest copy in the world of the Gospel of Luke and the Lord’s Prayer. Frank Hanna has received the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, and the David R. Jones Award for Philanthropic Leadership.

 
Archbishop John Francis Donoghue

Archbishop John Francis Donoghue was born in Washington, D.C. on August 9, 1928, the son of Daniel and Rose Ryan Donoghue. Both of his parents were natives of Ireland. He attended Park View School, Washington; Sacred Heart School, Washington; Gonzaga High School, St. Charles College, Catonsville, Maryland, and St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore. Following ordination, he did a year of graduate studies at The Catholic University of America School of Canon Law. He has the academic degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Bachelor of Canon Law and Licentiate of Canon Law. Archbishop Donoghue was ordained to the priesthood in St. Matthew Cathedral, Washington in 1955. He served as assistant pastor in churches in the Maryland area until 1964. After a year of graduate studies in canon law, he joined the staff of the Archdiocesan Chancery (Washington) where he was Chancellor/Vicar-General and served there until his appointment as Bishop of Charlotte. He served successively, the late Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle, William Cardinal Baum, now assigned to the Vatican, and the late James Cardinal Hickey. In 1970, he was given the papal rank of Chaplain to His Holiness with the title "Monsignor." A year later, he was further honored to be named a Prelate of Honor. Archbishop Donoghue was ordained bishop in 1984, becoming the second bishop of Charlotte, succeeding Bishop Michael Begley. He was named by Pope John Paul II to head the Archdiocese of Atlanta in August 1993, retired in late 2004, and died in November 2011. Each  bishop has a coat-of-arms and a motto. As Archbishop, he chose as his motto: "To live in Christ Jesus."