Archbishop Hannan is much loved by the people of Louisiana. He retired as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans when he was 75 but is still very active as a priest.
At age 95 he is as astute as many of his younger brethren.
He was Bishop of Washington, D. C. for many years and presided at the funeral of President John F. Kennedy and also Jacqueline Kennedy's funeral. He was a confidante and advisor to President Kennedy even before he became president.
During World War II he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and made many jumps in Europe. One Christmas Day he said Mass for over 2,000 soldiers in the snow in France. He is currently writing his memoirs on a manual typewriter.