I got this in an email and thought I would share.
I hope this hasn't been posted before. If it has, please forgive me.
This is so cool and it's for real. Enjoy!
When John Mecom, the original owner of the Saints, decided to name the
franchise the "Saints" he called Archbishop Philip Hannan to make sure the
Catholic community would not be offended. Archbishop Hanna assured Mr. Mecom
that Catholics would not be offended. But he cautioned Mr. Mecom, "You do
know that many of the saints of the Church were Martyrs."
Archbishop Hannan wrote a special prayer for the newly formed Saints football
team. It is attached. That was forty-three years ago. Archbishop Hannan is
still alive and very active at ninety-six years of age. He just may have
lived long enough to see "Hell freeze over!" when the Saints win the Super
Another interesting note. The Super Bowl is in Miami. The current
Archbishop Ordinary of Miami is a native and priest ordained in New Orleans,
Archbishop John Favalora. The Colts may have Payton Manning [a New Orleans
native], but they don't seem to have a prayer - check Archbishop Favalora's
history below --- he is a Jesuit High School graduate!