Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal

The Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal

Mason Couvillon, 2014 Chairperson, reflects on 50 years of the AHCA.

Watch reflections from other past Chairpersons:

Anne Milling, 1992 Chairperson

Peter Quirk, 1995 Chairperson

Joe Exnicios, 2005/2006 Chairperson

The Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal (AHCA ), formerly the Archbishop’s Community Appeal (ACA), is an annual, volunteer-driven fundraising campaign which supports the work of Catholic Charities. This year the AHCA is led by Archbishop Gregory Aymond and the 2017 Chairs, Byron Adams and Michael O. Read.

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Your gift stays in your community and helps those most in need
Gifts to the AHCA raises crucial undesignated funds that allow Catholic Charities to respond swiftly, effectively and compassionately in times of crisis or disaster. Your donation will mean supporting a local charity that best understands local needs. We serve the 8 civil parishes that make up the Archdiocese of New Orleans: Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John, and Washington parishes.

We Deliver Quality Services to Those in Need
Catholic Charities is accredited by the Council of Accreditation, which requires a high standard of service delivery and administration. We are one of only 21 accredited non-profts in Louisiana.

The AHCA has a long tradition in New Orleans. The Archbishop’s Community Appeal (ACA) was started in 1965 by Archbishop Philip M. Hannan in the wake of Hurricane Betsy and in response to the overwhelming needs of the poor in New Orleans. In 2012, Archbishop Gregory Aymond and the Catholic Charities Board of Directors renamed this annual giving campaign in memory of Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, its founder, as a way of honoring his life’s legacy of service to the poor in our community.

Today, the campaign raises funds for many of the same needs and challenges still facing our community. And we continue to count on our friends and supporters like you for the monies needed to fund the valuable programs of Catholic Charities.

In these uncertain times, our efforts remain the same: through housing, healthcare, education, and emergency response we are changing lives for the better.

AHCA Volunteer Resource Page>> Volunteers click here to access your resources for this year’s campaign.

AHCA Leadership

Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond
Archbishop of New Orleans

2017 Chairs

Byron A. Adams, Jr.


Michael O. Read



Gayle M. Benson Fred J. Lipps, Jr.
Ronald B. Blitch Peter R. Quirk*
Charles P. Carriere IV Michael O. Read*
Brandt J. Dufrene, Jr. Leon J. Reymond, Jr.*


Byron & Shannon Adams* Betty V. Lauricella*
Roy R. Alberts Rita Benson LeBlanc*
David Andignac* Wayne J. Lee
John C. Arthurs John B. Levert, Jr.*
Eleanora Bazile-Brooks Peter F. Maunoir
John & Mary Jane Becker Timothy P. McLanahan
Mark & Anne Beebe Robert L. Menard
Jack C. Benjamin, Jr.* Anne M. Milling*
Gerald Bologna Leann O. Moses
Daniel P. Bourgeois Shannon Nash
Joseph C. Canizaro* Frances Omner
A. J. Capritto Kirth M. Paciera
Barbara C. Collura Claiborne Perrilliat, Jr.*
Francis A. Courtenay, Jr. Lynn G. Poche
Mason & Jennifer Couvillon* G. Frank Purvis, Jr.*
Robert J. Crifasi Beau Read
Joan B. Cuccia Lee C. Reid
Karen DiBlieux Jean S. Rice
Willard L. Dumas, Jr. Sharon R. Rodi
Joseph S. Exnicios* Frank E. Schmidt
Paul Fine* Timothy J. Sicard
Michael R. Fontham* Fred Sigur, Jr.
Stephen Gele George R. Simno III
Lynne Gibbons Renny Simno
Mary Beth Green Mark J. Spansel*
JT Hannan* William M. Soniat
Kathy Hebert Adrienne Steen
Suzette Herpich William T. Steen
Ann Heslin Stephen F. Stumpf
Cory Howat Michael C. Touchy
Maria Huete Tommie A. Vassel
John A. Hummel Evangeline M. Vavrick
Joan Ingram Eve Vavrick
Mary S. Johnson Stafford J. Viator
Susan R. Johnson* Debra Vogel
Ronald J. Jung John J. Weiler
John Kallenborn* Madeline Doucet West*
Harold J. Lamy  V.M. Wheeler III
  Helen Read Young

*Past Chairperson

Past Chair-Persons

Most Rev. Philip M. Hannan, 1966
Harry N. Charbonnet, 1967, 1968
C.C. Clifton, Jr., 1969, 1970
Robert C. McIntyre,1971
A. Louis Read,1972
Charles J. Derbes, Jr., 1973
Murray C. Fincher, 1973, 1974
H. Douglas Lowrey, 1974
Gerard W. Barousse, 1975
Robert L. Pettit, Jr., 1975, 1976
Frank B. Stewart, Jr., 1975, 1976
G. Frank Purvis, Jr., 1977
William S. “Mike” Smith, Jr., 1978
E. Howard Read, 1979
J. Garic Schoen,1980
Thomas C. Mancini, 1981
Maurice J. Hartson, III,1982
Harold S. Dey, 1983
John B. Levert, Jr., 1984
Clayton J. Charbonnet, 1985
Michael J. Rapier, 1986
Norman R. Kerth, 1987
Michael R. Fontham, 1988
Betty Lauricella,1989
Elmo. J. Cerise, M.D., 1990

Joseph J. Krebs, Jr., 1991
Anne Milling, 1992
Robert B. Acomb, Jr., 1993
Joseph C. Canizaro, 1994
Peter R. Quirk, 1995
Everett J. Williams, Ph.D., 1996
Michael O. Read, 1997
William Finegan, 1998
Jack C. Benjamin, Sr., 1999
Claiborne Perrilliat, 2000
Leon J. Reymond, Jr., 2001
John and Mary Jane Becker, 2002
John Kallenborn, 2003
Susan Johnson, 2004
Joseph Exnicios, 2005, 2006
Robert W. Nuzum, 2007
Madeline Doucet West, 2008
Rita Benson LeBlanc, 2009
Mark J. Spansel, 2010
David Andignac, 2011
Byron and Shannon Adams, 2012
JT Hannan, 2013
Mason and Jennifer Couvillon, 2014
Clifton and Elizabeth LeBlanc, 2015
Price and Christine LeBlanc, 2015
Paul Fine, 2016



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