Most Holy Trinity Parish

Curriculum Vitae: Reverend Monsignor Donald M. Hanson M.A., M.Div.
Present Position Pastor, Most Holy Trinity Church, East Hampton, NY
Birth   19 September 1945, San Rafael, California, USA
Ordination: Deacon 12 April 1970; Priest 29 May 1971 Diocese of Rockville Centre
Clergy Assignments/Appointments

  • 2007 Pastor, Most Holy Trinity Church, East Hampton, NY
  • 2005 Papal Honors (Chaplain to His Holiness, “Reverend Monsignor”)
  • 2003-2007 Dean (Vicar Forane) of Hicksville
  • 1999-2007 Pastor, Our Lady of Hope Church, Carle Place, NY
  • 1997-1999 Parochial Vicar, St. Margaret of Scotland, Selden, NY
  • 1992-1997 Vice Rector/Director of Liturgy and Homiletics, The American College, Louvain, Belgium
  • 1990-1992  Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Babylon, NY
  • 1990 Study Sabbatical, Leuven, Belgium
  • 1986-1990 Vice Chancellor, Diocese of Rockville Centre
  • 1985-1990 Bishop's Master of Ceremonies
  • 1984-1986  Associate Pastor, Saint Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, NY
  • 1976-1984 Associate Director, Office of Catechesis and Worship (Diocesan Liturgy Coordinator)
  • 1973-1979  Director of Music, Adjunct Faculty, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY
  • 1971-1976  Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Loretto Church, Hempstead, NY


  • 1992-1997 Vrije Opzoeker Godgeleerdheid, (Free Researcher in Theology) Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • 1980 M.A. (Theology, Liturgical Studies), University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • 1974 M.Div., Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington,  NY
  • 1967 B.A. (Philosophy), Cathedral College, Brooklyn, NY

Continuing education

  • 2009 Leadership Excellence: Strengths Based Leadership III A & B Gallup University, Omaha, NE and East Hampton, NY
  • 2008 Leadership Excellence: Strengths Based Leadership II A & B Gallup University, Omaha, NE and East Hampton, NY
  • 2007 Leadership Excellence I A & B. Gallup University, Omaha, NE
  • 2006 ME25 Training, Gallup University, Omaha, NE
  • 1993 Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal, niveau 1 en 2, (Dutch as a foreign language)
    Instituut Voor Levende Talen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • 1992 Associates Institute  “Ritual”, Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy, Notre Dame, IN
  • 1992 Novell Network Administrator's Course
  • 1990 Semester Sabbatical, Louvain, Belgium
  • 1984 German, Fordham University
  • 1983 Summer Institute, The American College, Louvain, Belgium
  • 1963-1968 Church Music, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY (summers)


  • Read, write, speak: English, Dutch
  • Read: French, German; Latin, Biblical Greek   

Teaching Experience

  • 2004 M.Div. 5103 The Ministry of Healing; (Spring 2004), Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY
  • 1997 Workshop to U.S. Army Chaplains’ Retention Conference: "What I Learned about Preaching from Teaching It", The American College, Leuven, Belgium
  • 1995 Conference to U.S. Military Chaplains  : "The Image of Priesthood in the Context of Changing Ordination Rites", USAREUR Catholic Chapel, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1993 Workshop taught  “Parish Liturgy”, Catholic Chapel, US Army, Bad Kreuznach, Germany
  •  Workshop taught  “Holy Week”, Catholic Chapel, USAFB, Bitburg, Germany
  • 1992-1997 Courses taught at The American College, Louvain, Belgium
    •    “Introduction to Liturgical Practice”;
    •    “Introduction to Homiletics”;
    •    “Ritual Practicum  Diaconal Ministry”;
    •    “Ritual Practicum  Presbyteral Ministry”;
    •    “Pastoral Management”
  • 1990 Workshop taught  “Presiding at Liturgy” for presbyterate, Diocese of Rochester (NY) Liturgy Congress
  • 1989 Course taught  “Reflecting on the Experience of Worship”, a short course in liturgical theology (Diocesan Liturgy Office)
  • 1987-1989   training for Permanent Deacon candidates on Chancery and canonical procedures
  • 1985 Elected to membership in Societas Liturgica, an international, ecumenical learned society for liturgical study and renewal
  • 1985-1989   Course lectures for Diocesan Liturgy Office --
    •    “History of Hymnody”;
    •    “Psalmody in the Liturgy”;
    •    “Liturgy of the Eucharist”
  • 1984 Workshop taught  “Parish Liturgy”  Continuing Education of Priests, Archdiocese of New York
  • 1983 Workshop taught  “Liturgy and Devotions”  Brooklyn Diocesan Pastoral Congress
  • Workshop taught  “Presiding at Liturgy” Continuing Education of Priests, Diocese of Providence, RI
  • 1982 Major speaker  “Liturgical Year”  National Association of Pastoral Musicians Regional Convention, Providence, RI
  • Workshops taught  “Liturgy of the Hours”  New York School of Liturgical Music; and Brooklyn Diocesan Pastoral Congress
  • Lecture given  “Sacramentality of Time”  Advent series of Pastoral Institute, Douglaston, NY
  • Conducted the choir of St. Mary's Parish, Roslyn, NY in a cultural exchange, Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
  • 1981 Keynote speaker/chaplain for University of Notre Dame Chapel Choir Tour (“Symbol, the Language of Liturgy”)
  • 1980 Major speaker  “Models of Church Music” National Association of Pastoral Musicians Regional Convention, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Courses taught  
    • “Celebrating the Eucharist” Pastoral Institute (Diocese of Brooklyn) and Religious Studies Program (Diocese of Rockville Centre)
  • 1979 Papal visit to New York  Cantor for Morning Prayer; composed and arranged music
  • 1978-1982  Courses taught  
    • “Sacramental Practice”  Permanent Diaconate candidates and seminarians, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY
  • 1973-1979 Courses taught at Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY
    • “The Music of Worship”  survey of the history of Western church music, with concentration on theological relationships;
    • “Pastoral Church Music” musical skills and liturgical principles for the parish priest
    • 1969-1990 Lectures and workshops on liturgy and church music for the Diocese of Rockville Centre 

Diocesan Committee Work

  • 2008 Appointed Pastors’ Advisory Committee for the Catholic Ministries Appeal
  • 2006-2009 Elected to Priest Personnel Assignment Board
  • 2005-2007 Facilities and Real Estate Committee
  • 2005 Diocesan Liturgy  Commission
    •    member 1972-1974, 1978-1992, 2006-2007
    •    chairman 1978-1985
  • 1988 chairman  Liturgy Committee for the Ordination of Bishops Wcela and Dunne
  • 1987-1988 Convocation of Priests Committee 
  • 1986 chairman  Liturgy Committee Ordination of Bishop Markiewicz
  • 1982-1984 Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue (Diocese of Rockville Centre / Diocese of Long Island)
  • 1980-1984 Education Cluster / Diocesan Pastoral Center member; cluster representative (chairman) 1982-1984
  • 1982-1984 Program Evaluation and Development Committee 
  • 1982-1984 Age of Confirmation Committee 
  • 1981-1982 Diocesan Holy Year Committee 
  • 1983-1984 Diocesan Jubilee (Holy Year) Committee   (chairman)
  •   Readiness for Sacraments Committee


  •   Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions
    •    Board of Directors 1980-1985
    •    Vice-Chairman 1984-1985
    •    Prayer Committee member 1980-1981, chairman 1981-1984


  • Societas Liturgica, an international ecumenical learned society
  • Associates of the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy
  • The Alcuin Club


  • 2007 Article: “Four Elevations: A (Re-)Interpretation” Summit & Source (Fall, 2007)
  • 1996-2000 Webmaster for The American College
  • 1995-1997 Editor of Sodales, the newsletter of The American College of Louvain
  • 1994 Review: Infant Baptism Basics by Christopher Heller in “Resources”/ Associates Newsletter, Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy (Summer 1994)
  • Article: “Visiting Father Damien” The Long Island Catholic Vol. 33, No. 4 (May 4, 1994)
  • 1992 Prepared the worship materials for 1993 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Graymoor Ecumenical Institute)
  • 1990 Book: From the Weaver's Loom: Reflections on the Sundays and Feasts (Mineola:  Resurrection Press, 1990) homilies for the lectionary B cycle
  • Articles: “Sacramentary” and “The Font” in Our Liturgy  Your Guide to the Basics [RVC Liturgical Series 1] ed. Nancy Benvenga (Mineola  Resurrection Press, 1990)
  • “The Easter Vigil” in The Great Seasons  Your Guide to Celebrating [RVC Liturgical Series 2] ed. Nancy Benvenga (Mineola  Resurrection Press, 1990)
  • 1984 Article: “The Holiness of Beauty” At Prayer and Celebration (liturgy bulletin of the Diocese of San Diego) Vol. 14, No. 2-3 (April-May 1984) p. 23 [Reprinted from Summit and Source]
  • Article: “Praenotanda!! Why Read Them?” FDLC Newsletter Vol. 11, No. 2 (March-April 1984) p. 9 [Reprinted from Summit and Source]
  • 1982 “Baptismal (Dis)Order at the Easter Vigil” Sadlier: Christian Initiation Resources [CIR] Vol. 3, No. 2
  •   Primary drafter of Liturgical Music Today, a statement of the (U.S.) Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy
  • Article: “The Church is Holy in Her Worship” The Long Island Catholic Vol. 20, No. 45 (March 11, 1982) Supplement p. 2
  • 1981 Article: “What Kind of Church Music Should There Be?” Pastoral Music Vol. 6, No. 1 (October-November 1981) pp. 25-30
  • 1980 “From Pilgrim Food to Saving Gaze  A Study in Eucharistic Piety” Huntington Abstracts Vol. 3, No. 2 (Fall 1980) pp. 13-19
  •   “Meditating the Great O's” Assembly Vol. 7, No. 1 (September 1980) pp. 102-103
  •   “Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults”  Christian Initiation Resources [CIR] Vol. 1, No. 1 (June 1980) pp. 7-9
  • 1979-1980  Founder-editor of Summit and Source, the Liturgy Newsletter of the Diocese of Rockville Centre
  • 1970-1992  Contributed music and liturgy articles to diocesan guidelines and publications