My webhost’s database server appears to be down, and keeps crashing. Either that or my site has been hacked and corrupted almost beyond workability. I prefer to think that it’s the former. That being said, here is a part of the post I was working on. Various pictures of the rest of the cortege, i.e. the police escort, the crowds, the marching band, will have to be tucked away safely for a rainy day…

cor·tege? ?[kawr-tezh, -teyzh]
1.a procession, especially a ceremonial one: a funeral cortege.
2.a line or train of attendants; retinue.


Archbishop Hannan’s funeral cortege was today.


It started at the Seminary and marched through the city over to the Cathedral.


It was quite impressive, and poignant.


I somehow ended up on a balcony of the Cabildo; they are very gracious people.


The horse drawn funeral bier.


A brief service was said.


Here he lays in final state.


And his crypt awaits beyond.

In Memoriam

Fresh on the heels of our astoundingly successful Parish fair, come the wake services for Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, may God rest his soul.

Death Comes to the Archbishop

His body arrived at the seminary this evening at 5:00p.m.  The location of the seminary is easy for many to get to, and the Chapel and grounds are conducive to large public gatherings.  He will lie there in state until Wednesday, and members of the public are invited to come and to pray.

Death Comes to the Archbishop

In addition to the strong showing of clergy present, a lot of the Archbishop’s family from the D.C. area are in town for the funeral as well.

Death Comes to the Archbishop

He will lie here, in state, through Wednesday.

Death Comes to the Archbishop

Edward Cardinal Egan is in attendance as well.

Death Comes to the Archbishop

Evening Prayer form the Office for the Dead was chanted, and sung.

Death Comes to the Archbishop

It was a beautiful occasion.

Death Comes to the Archbishop

The Archbishop’s family was telling a few stories;  one is that every Christmas without fail, after Midnight and morning Masses were finished, he would fly straight to Washington D.C. and spend the evening visiting with every family member.  (And they have a fairly large family!)  He never missed a family Baptism, Wedding or Funeral, either.

Death Comes to the Archbishop

Outside, tributes are already starting to grow.  Many people hereabouts loved this man, and the work he did.

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis Dómine;
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscat in pace.

Archbishop Hannan funeral arrangements | New Orleans

Thank God for WWL-TV, who’ve posted the arrangements for Arhcbishop Hannan’s funeral

Wake and funeral arrangements for Archbishop Philip Hannan:

Monday, Oct. 3 – Hannan’s body will be received at 5 p.m. at Notre Dame Seminary, S. Carrollton Ave.

Monday, Oct. 3 – Evening prayer service Monday for the priests of the Archdiocese

Monday, Oct. 3 – Wake will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will continue until 9 p.m. Monday at Seminary

Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Archbishop Hannan to lie in state at Notre Dame seminary from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Public may attend.

Wed. Oct. 5 – Lie in state at Notre Dame seminary from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public may attend. At 2 p.m., a procession to St. Louis Cathedral, where visitation will continue until 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6 – Funeral service at St. Louis Cathedral – 2 p.m. Archbishop Hannan will be buried in sanctuary at St. Louis Cathedral immediately following.

In memoriam ~ Archbishop Philip M. Hannan (May 20, 1913 – September 29, 2011

Archbishop Hannan ‘The Archbishop” of New Orleans, passed away last night around 3:00 a.m. God rest him.

The official obituary from the Archdiocese of New Orleans is here.
Hannan after Betsy
More obits and articles here, here and here.

And, here.

The Archbishop, as he was fondly called even years after his retirement had arrive in New Orleans mere weeks after Hurricane Betsy had flooded the city.

He was always an ardent supporter of the faith, and a tireless advocate for the poor, the needy, and just about everyone else as well

After Katrina, while much of the leadership of the diocese chose to relocate to Baton Rouge, he remained on the Northshore and was heard to say, after slamming a phone down, “I should still be in charge!” He was found walking accross the 24 mile Causeway over Lake Pontchartrain to help on the devastated South Shore, as his car had either broken or run out of gas. He had stopped at a Wal-Mart to buy boots so he could get through the water.

Everyone in New Orleans has many stories to tell about Archbishop Hannan, for he was a great man.


He was a tireless advocate of the poor, the hungry, the destitute, here with a ship leaving with supplies for Bangladesh.

Hannan in Service Duties

He served as a Chaplain in WWII.

Hannan at JFK funeral

Gave the eulogy for John F. Kennedy’s funeral.

Hannan at Jackie O funeral

And buried Jacqueline Onassis.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


The Rev. Kenneth Allen