The Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal

Mason Couvillon, 2014 Chairperson, reflects on 50 years of the Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal.

Watch reflections from other past Chairpersons:

Anne Milling, 1992 Chairperson

Peter Quirk, 1995 Chairperson

Joe Exnicios, 2005/2006 Chairperson



Thank you to the generous donors who have supported this year’s campaign so far!


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 2022 Chairs Vaughn and Doug Downing.

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Your Gift Stays in Your Community and Helps Those Most in Need

Gifts to the AHCA raise crucial undesignated funds that allow Catholic Charities to respond swiftly, effectively and compassionately in times of crisis or disaster. Your donation means 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-profits in Louisiana.


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. 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

2022 Chairs

Vaughn and Doug Downing


Roy R. Alberts V. Price LeBlanc
John C. Arthurs Wayne J. Lee
Eleanora Bazile-Brooks John B. Levert
Mark R. Beebe Peter F. Maunoir
Gayle M. Benson Timothy P. McLanahan
Ronald B. Blitch Robert L. Menard
Gerald Bologna Demetric M. Mercadel
Daniel P. Bourgeois Anne M. Milling
Joseph C. Canizaro* Leann O. Moses
Anh Cao Michael E. Nolan
A. J. Capritto Lawrence P. Oertling
Charles P. Carriere Frances Omner
Barbara C. Collura Kirth M. Paciera
Francis A. Courtenay Claiborne Perrilliat, Jr.*
Mason & Jennifer Couvillon* Lynn G. Poché
Robert J. Crifasi Michael O. Read*
Joan B. Cuccia Beau Read
Karen S. DeBlieux* Lee C. Reid
Pierre G. Detiege Jean S. Rice
Elizabeth V. Downing Sharon R. Rodi
Brandt J. Dufrene Brian J. Rotolo
Willard L. Dumas Frank E. Schmidt
Joseph S. Exnicios* Timothy J. Sicard
Michael R. Fontham Frederick J. Sigur
Stephen Gelé George R. Simno III
Lynne Gibbons Renny Simno*
Mary Beth Green William M. Soniat
Kathy Hebert Mark J. Spansel*
Suzette Herpich Adrienne Steen
Cory Howat William T. Steen
Maria Huete Alex L. Suffrin
John A. Hummel Lloyd A. Tate
Lisa M. Johnson James C. Thomas
Mary S. Johnson Tommie A. Vassel*
Susan R. Johnson* Stafford J. Viator
Ronald J. Jung Debra Vogel
Harold J. Lamy John J. Weiler
Betty V. Lauricella* Madeline Doucet West*
Clifton D. LeBlanc Helen Read Young*

*Past Chairperson

Past Chairpersons

Most Rev. Philip M. Hannan, 1966 Joseph C. Canizaro, 1994
Harry N. Charbonnet, 1967, 1968 Peter R. Quirk, 1995
C.C. Clifton, Jr., 1969, 1970 Everett J. Williams, Ph.D., 1996
Robert C. McIntyre, 1971 Michael O. Read, 1997
A. Louis Read, 1972 William Finegan, 1998
Charles J. Derbes, Jr., 1973 Jack C. Benjamin, Sr., 1999
Murray C. Fincher, 1973, 1974 Claiborne Perrilliat, 2000
H. Douglas Lowrey, 1974 Leon J. Reymond, Jr., 2001
Gerard W. Barousse, 1975 John and Mary Jane Becker, 2002
Robert L. Pettit, Jr., 1975, 1976 John Kallenborn, 2003
Frank B. Stewart, Jr., 1975, 1976 Susan Johnson, 2004
G. Frank Purvis, Jr., 1977 Joseph Exnicios, 2005, 2006
William S. “Mike” Smith, Jr., 1978 Robert W. Nuzum, 2007
E. Howard Read, 1979 Madeline Doucet West, 2008
J. Garic Schoen, 1980 Rita Benson LeBlanc, 2009
Thomas C. Mancini, 1981 Mark J. Spansel, 2010
Maurice J. Hartson, III, 1982 David Andignac, 2011
Harold S. Dey, 1983 Byron and Shannon Adams, 2012
John B. Levert, Jr., 1984 JT Hannan, 2013
Clayton J. Charbonnet, 1985 Mason and Jennifer Couvillon, 2014
Michael J. Rapier, 1986 Clifton and Elizabeth LeBlanc, 2015
Norman R. Kerth, 1987 Price and Christine LeBlanc, 2015
Michael R. Fontham, 1988 Paul Fine, 2016
Betty Lauricella, 1989 Byron A. Adams, Jr. and Michael O. Read, 2017
Elmo. J. Cerise, M.D., 1990 Tommie A. Vassel, 2018
Joseph J. Krebs, Jr., 1991 Peter and Karen DeBlieux, 2019
Anne Milling, 1992 Helen and Tim Young, 2020
Robert B. Acomb, Jr., 1993 Jacqueline and Renny Simno, 2021