Former Archbishop Francis Bible Schulte, who led the Archdiocese of New Orleans from 1989 to 2001, died Sunday in Philadelphia at 89, according to a report.
Schulte led the Archdiocese of New Orleans from 1989 to 2001, according to a WWL-TV report. He stepped down in 2001 at age 75, the retirement age mandated by the church. His predecessor, Archibshop Phillip Hannan, had remained active into his 90s.
“I am convinced that I should not be that visible,” Schulte said before his retirement. “There’s one archbishop and that will be Alfred Hughes.”
Schulte made Catholic education a focus of his time as archbishop, WWL reported.
Schulte was ordained to the priesthood in May 1952 and ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia in 1981. He served as Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia from 1985 to 1988 before coming to New Orleans.
A native of Philadelphia, Schulte relocated there after Hurricane Katrina. He suffered from prostate cancer and other health issues.
Funeral arrangements are pending.