The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots

The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots

by Archbishop Philip Hannan


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Whether parachuting behind enemy lines, jumping into a Secret Service car for an impromptu White House meeting with JFK, or navigating the swirling flood waters of a hurricane, Archbishop Philip Hannan only knew one way to do things - with total commitment and at full speed ahead!

Grab a front row seat on Archbishop Hannan's incredibly humble journey, which connects him with critically important people, places, and events spanning the 20th century.

An embodiment of the "Greatest Generation," Archbishop Hannan's wit, generosity, and work ethic were unparalleled - as he spoke out against fascism, stood up for his faith, and negotiated the pitfalls of politics.

The behind-the-scenes details, pressures, and emotions from his one-of-a-kind experiences provide a new level of understanding of, and a perspective on, the subtle impact one man can have on history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592766970
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 05/31/2010
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Nancy Collins is a highly-respected journalist whose in-depth interviews with President Bill Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tim Russert, Will Smith, and Rudy Giuliani, among others, have appeared on the covers of Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Rolling Stone, New York, George, Interview, Harper's Bazaar, Forbes Life, and Good Housekeeping. As an on-air correspondent for NBC's Today Show and ABC's Primetime Live and 20/20, Ms. Collins interviews have included Senator Joe Biden, Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Diane Keaton, and Linda Tripp. In 1990, Random House published her memoir-cum-anthology, Hard to Get: Fast Talk and Rude Questions Along the Interview Trail, in hardcover, followed by Harper Collins in soft cover.

Nancy Collins, who lives in New York City, is the daughter of Elsie and Aeneas Patrick Collins, the first cousin and boyhood friend of Archbishop Hannan.

Peter Finney, Jr., has served as executive editor and general manager of the Clarion Herald, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, since 1993. In 2001 and 2009, he was named by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada as the national winner of the Individual Excellence Award for an Editor/Writer. He is a former sportswriter for the New York Post and New York Daily News and was selected in 1988 as the recipient of the Dick Young Award by B'nai B'rith International for achievement and continuing excellence as one of New York's top sports journalists. Peter and his wife, Carolyn, have four children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Chapter 1 The Funeral of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy 9

Chapter 2 In the Beginning 34

Chapter 3 My Seminary Days 54

Chapter 4 Four Years in Rome 61

Chapter 5 My First Parish Assignment 79

Chapter 6 Into the Army 89

Chapter 7 England and Combat 102

Chapter 8 Back in Washington, D.C. 160

Chapter 9 Episcopacy 171

Chapter 10 The Kennedy Years 196

Chapter 11 The Second Vatican Council 244

Chapter 12 Appointment to New Orleans 262

Chapter 13 Race Relations and Politics in New Orleans 291

Chapter 14 The Cajuns' "Joie de Vivre" 311

Chapter 15 The New Orleans Saints 321

Chapter 16 Television, Politics, and Abortion 331

Chapter 17 Pope John Paul II's Historic Visit to New Orleans 356

Chapter 18 Changes in the Province of New Orleans 382

Chapter 19 Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath 388

Chapter 20 Stroke and Recovery 403

Chapter 21 Pope John Paul II the Great 408

Chapter 22 A Few Final Thoughts 415

Appendix: Recollections of the Major Documents of Vatican II 431

Epilogue: Love Is the Most Important Thing 457

What People are Saying About This

Newt Gingrich

From serving his country in World War II, to dealing with the death of John F. Kennedy, Archbishop Hannan has always been in the forefront of our country's best interest.

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