ARCHBISHOP ANTOINE BLANC 2018-07-20T09:46:32-05:00

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THE ICON: Archbishop Antoine Blanc

THE LEGACY: When Antoine Blanc was appointed in 1835 to guide New Orleans’ Catholics, the city boasted but a handful of places of worship. Over the next 25 years, he would oversee a period of explosive growth, both in the city, which would become the fourth-largest in the nation, and the local Church, which would be elevated from diocese to archdiocese status during his tenure. In that time, he would spearhead the establishment of more churches than any other New Orleans bishop or archbishop — from St. Alphonsus, St. Ann and St. Augustine to St. Michael’s, St. Theresa and St. Vincent De Paul — and minister to a city regularly stricken by outbreaks of cholera and yellow fever. When he died in 1860, his body was paraded solemnly through the streets. According to The Daily Picayune: “On every face could be read an expression of sadness that … told how beloved and respected by all (he) was.”

THE ARTIST: Connie Kittok

THE INSPIRATION: “What times, in truth, were ever more fruitful in terrible events? But, also, what period ever deserved more to be humbled under the powerful hand of the Most High?” — New Orleans Archbishop Antoine Blanc, in his 1849 Lenten Pastoral, delivered during a cholera epidemic that killed more than 3,000