Patrick Hannon is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He was raised near Oakland, California. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Portland in Oregon, received his master of divinity at the University of Notre Dame, and holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University. Hannon was ordained a priest in 1989 and has, over twenty-five years of priesthood, been a high school English teacher, a high school principal, a parish priest, a rector of a university residence hall, and a campus minister. His essays have appeared in US Catholic, Portland Magazine, Notre Dame Magazine, The Utne Reader, Best Catholic Writing and Gold Man Review. He is the author of four collections of essays: Running into the Arms of God, Geography of God’s Mercy, The Long Yearning’s End, and Hearts and Voices. He currently ministers and teaches writing at the University of Portland, and leads parish missions and retreats. He enjoys films, the occasional poker game and microbrew, and spending time with his ever-expanding Irish Catholic family.