NEW ORLEANS – Church officials expect more than 1,000 people to attend the funeral services Thursday for retired Archbishop Philip Hannan.
The Archdiocese released more details on the funeral Wednesday, including honorary pallbearers and elements of the funeral Mass.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans said 23 members of the Hannan family will be in attendance for the funeral at St. Louis Cathedral for the respected church leader, who died Sept. 29 at age 98.
Also attending the services will be Victoria Kennedy, the wife of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. Kennedy is a Louisiana native, the daughter of Judge and Mrs. Edmund Reggie. Hannan had a special relationship with the Kennedy family, delivering the eulogy for President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Several longtime friends of Archbishop Hannan’s have been asked to serve as honorary pall bearers. They are Gayle M. Benson and Tom M. Benson, Lindy Boggs, Joseph C. Canizaro, Alma A. Cartagena, Klara B. Cvitanovich, Dr. Norman C. Francis, Mrs. Lawrence D. Garvey, Alden J. “Doc” Laborde, Anne M. Milling, J. Garic Schoen, Phyllis M. Taylor, and V. M. Wheeler III.
Eighteen Catholic bishops from across the country will be concelebrating the service, along with Archbishop Gregory Aymond and several hundred priests from the Archdiocese of New Orleans and other areas.
According to church officials, ten clergy and religious leaders from other faith traditions will also be in attendance.
Members of the 82nd Airborne, the brigade with which Archbishop Hannan served during World War II, will serve as honor guard.
Among the elected officials expected to attend are Gov. and Mrs. Bobby Jindal, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his wife Cheryl, Jefferson Parish President John Young, St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro, New Orleans Police Supt. Ronal Serpas, among others.
Because of the large crowds expected at the Cathedral, there will be a large video screen set up in Jackson Square with seating for the crowds outside. Seating will be set up for 300 people, the archdiocese said.
Visitation for Archbishop Hannan will continue Wednesday afternoon at St. Louis Cathedral, following the 2 p.m. funeral procession which is set to travel down Carrollton Ave. and Canal St. Visitation will also be from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday.