NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — New Orleans Archbishop Philip Hannan died in his sleep just after 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. He was 98-years-old.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans says Hannan lived a full life dedicated to the church. Hannan was the 11th Archbishop in New Orleans history and one of the most active.
"Archbishop Hannan was a dear friend who lived a life of selflessness through both his service in the military and in the church," Governor Jindal said about Hannan after learning of his passing.
"He was a strong, inspiring leader for the church in Louisiana and the nation, and he leaves a powerful legacy including his service as an army chaplain in W0orld War II and his staunch defense of the right to life," Sen. David Vitter, said.
The archbishop was invited to offer the invocation before the kickoff of the saints' first game back in 1967.