Channel 4 and WWLTV.com will bring you live coverage of the archbishop's funeral on Thursday from Saint Louis Cathedral beginning at 2 p.m. We will also be airing a special, half hour show on Archbishop Hannan’s life Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
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NEW ORLEANS – It will be a moment in history not witnessed here in more than 40 years – the funeral of a New Orleans archbishop – and as a result, the funeral procession on Wednesday and Thursday for retired Archbishop Philip Hannan will be like few others in recent memory.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans on Monday released more details on the funeral plans for Hannan, who died Thursday at age 98.
Public visitation for Hannan will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Notre Dame Seminary on S. Carrollton Ave. Visitation will continue there all day Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be closed between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for a private mass with Seminarians Tuesday and Wednesday.
The funeral procession on Wednesday, will depart Notre Dame Seminary at 2 p.m., according to a news release from Sarah Comiskey McDonald, spokeswoman for the archdiocese.
Archbishop Hannan will be transported to St. Louis Cathedral in the traditional New Orleans horse-drawn funeral carriage. At the request of Archbishop Gregory Aymond, the procession will be led by the St. Augustine High School Marching 100, down S. Carrollton Ave. to Canal St. to Chartres to St. Louis Cathedral.
“Archbishop Aymond and the New Orleans Police Department are asking that those wanting to participate in the procession do so by lining the route rather than joining the procession,” Comiskey wrote in a news release.
Hannan will be laid out in the vestments made for the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II to New Orleans, which Hannan worked for more than a year to organize. That includes a miter (the archbishop’s head piece) featuring a pelican that he often wore, and the pallium (the insignia given to him by the Holy Father when he was named metropolitan archbishop).
Additionally, the archdiocese says Saints owner Tom Benson and his wife gave the archdiocese a pair of New Orleans Saints cuff links for Archbishop Hannan to wear.
The public visitation at Notre Dame Seminary begins at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and continues until 9 p.m. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, leading up to the procession.
Visitation will continue at St. Louis Cathedral from 9 a.m. until 12 noon on Thursday. The funeral Mass on Thursday will be aired live on WWL-TV Channel 4.
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 will transport the casket to St. Louis Cathedral. The route will be from the Seminary on S. Carrollton Ave., turning right onto Canal Street, then traveling to Chartres St. and 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.