Deacon Elie was born in Zahle, Lebanon to his parents, Spiridon and Rouviette Hanna, who emigrated from Lebanon in 1967 when he was about 1 years old. He has been a practicing Melkite Catholic all his life and grew up in the St. Joseph Melkite parish of Akron, OH. He currently works full-time in the Healthcare Information Technology industry.
He is married and has two children. He married his wife, Dzovag “Zoe”, on September 6, 1998. She is currently self-employed in the financial industry and also works part-time at their children’s school, Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell, GA. She is also the financial secretary of the parish. She also volunteers for many other activities at both places.
Taleen, his daughter and Bryce, his son are both very active in the parish as well.
Dn. Elie is involved in the Parish Advisory Council, Finance Committee, Building Committee, Men’s Club, and Mid East Festiva and other activities.
Dn. Elie completed his diaconal studies in 2013 at St. Gregory Melkite Seminary and was ordained a deacon by Bishop Nicholas Samra here at St. John Chrysostom Church on August 11, 2014.