Archbishop Hannan, JFK eulogist, dead at 98
CWN - September 29, 2011
Retired Archbishop Philip Hannan of New Orleans died on September 29 at the age of 98, after a long illness.
Born in Washington, DC, Philip Hannan was ordained to the priesthood there in 1939. During World War II he served as a paratrooper chaplain. He became an auxiliary bishop of Washington in 1956. He became a confidant of President John F. Kennedy, and was hand-picked by the president's widow to deliver the eulogy at Kennedy's funeral in November 1963. (Boston's Cardinal Richard Cushing was the celebrant for the funeral Mass.)
Appointed to head the New Orleans archdiocese in 1965, Archbishop Hannan retired from that post in 1988 at the age of 75.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our Spring 2013 goal ($25,129 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!