A timeline of events in the life and career of Archbishop Philip Hannan
1913 – Born in Washington, D.C.
1936 – After attending St. Charles College and the Catholic University of America, enlists as a seminarian in the Old North American College in Rome. During this time, Hannan witnesses the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany, which would form the basis for his 2003 book
1939 – Ordained a priest in Rome
1940 – Celebrates first solemn Mass in St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
1942 – Enlists in U.S. Army, serving as a paratroop chaplain during World War II and also serving briefly as pastor of the Cathedral in Cologne during the American occupation
1945 – Begins pastoral and administrative work in the Diocese of Washington, later appointed vice chancellor and chancellor of the diocese
1956 – Consecrated the titular Bishop of Hieropolis and Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, D.C.
1963 – Delivers eulogy at funeral of President John F. Kennedy
1965 – Serves as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Second Vatican Council, serving as a press officer
1965 – Appointed Archbishop of New Orleans, September 29 (just 20 days after Hurricane Betsy devastates the city); installed as Archbishop October 13 in St. Louis Cathedral
1984 – Establishes PBS television affiliate WLAE-TV, housed in a corner of Notre Dame Seminary on Carrollton Avenue
1987 – Leads the Archdiocese of New Orleans in hosting the visit of Pope John Paul II for three days, September 11-13
1987 – Honored with a high school named in his honor in St. Bernard Parish, Archbishop Philip M. Hannan High School in Meraux, the first Catholic high school in the parish
1988 – Retires and is succeeded as Archbishop of New Orleans by Archbishop Francis Schulte, installed in 1989
2003 – Authors a book titled "Rome: Living Under the Axis,” which recounts the five years he spent in Rome as a young seminarian during the years leading up to World War II
2006 – Celebrates 50 years as a bishop and takes part in Mass at St. Louis Cathedral and celebrations to honor New Orleans’ three living Archbishops, who marked a combined 100 years of service as bishops
2007 – Suffers a stroke at his home in Covington, undergoes rehabilitation and recovers
2009 – Present at the installation of Archbishop Gregory Aymond, whom Hannan ordained as a priest in 1975, Hannan is celebrated as one of the city’s four living archbishops. New Orleans is the only city in the country with such a distinction.
2010 – Publishes memoir “The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots: From Combat to Camelot to Katrina” with co-authors Peter Finney Jr. and Nancy Collins
December 2010 - Archdiocese announces Hannan's health is failing, after a bronchial infection. At first, he is treated at home in St. Tammany but later moved to Chateau de Notre Dame nursing facility Uptown.