The men of Division 1 in Orleans Parish name their division for the Most Reverend Philip M. Hannan (below), thirteenth archbishop of New Orleans. Having served the Archdiocese from 1965 to 1988, Hannan was Chaplain to the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge and later served as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, D.C. before coming to New Orleans right after the devastation caused by Hurricane Betsy. While Archbishop of New Orleans, Hannan oversaw the integration of New Orleans Catholic Schools, established a major Catholic television station in New Orleans, and crowned his faithful efforts with the Pastoral Visit of Pope John Paul II to the Crescent City in 1987. The Ancient Order named Hannan their Irishman of the Year in 1991 and its members continue to derive inspiration from his energy and spirit.
Still active in retirement, Hannan continued to oversee his FOCUS communications network and has recently published his memoir The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots.
The Archbishop Hannan Division comprises all members of the AOH who live within the corporate limits of the city of New Orleans.