Today, the beloved former archbishop of New Orleans, Philip Matthew Hannan was laid to rest in the sanctuary of St. Louis Cathedral. In an impressive five mile procession, his body was moved from Notre Dame Seminary to the cathedral yesterday afternoon. I traveled with a group of children from our school to join other children from across the archdiocese to line the streets where the procession was to pass. I felt privileged to take part (in some small way) in this a historical moment. It was beautiful to see people of all backgrounds stand side by side on S. Carrollton Avenue to pay their respects.
Hannan was the leader of the local church for most of my childhood. He was a very educated and courageous man. He was also humble, humorous and very charitable. I loved the way that he seemed just as comfortable with the rich and famous as he was beside an injured soldier or homeless person. He brought the light of Christ to everyone he met.