Would-be pro golfer on path to priesthood

It’s easy to imagine a six-foot, tanned, 32-year-old Peter Hannah on the golf greens of Monterey, California, in textbook form, languidly driving balls 300 yards.

But instead of an Izod shirt and khaki pants, he’s wearing the long, white habit of a medieval Dominican friar – and he’s heading into winter in Alaska. He arrived in August from St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland for a year’s work at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska, as part of seminary training.

“My first reaction to being assigned to Anchorage was, ‘Wow, that’s a long ways away from California,” Brother Peter Junipero Hannah told the Catholic Anchor.

But the would-be professional golfer, former college fraternity brother and convert to Catholicism already has traveled a long distance – through even the spiritual “desert” of the so-called “good life” – on the surprising path to freedom.

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