Archbishop Wester of Santa Fe

On Thursday, June 4, the Most Rev. John C. Wester, formerly Bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah and prior to that Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, will be installed as the Twelfth Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico. His personal arms, assumed at the time of his episcopal ordination in San Francisco, are now marshaled to those of the venerable Archdiocese of Santa Fe the arms of which allude to both Spain and to the titular patron of its cathedral church: St. Francis of Assisi.

The artwork for the coat of arms (below) is by Deacon Paul Sullivan.

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Bishop Moth of Arundel & Brighton


Today, May 28, the Most Rev. Richard Moth was installed in the beautiful Arundel Cathedral as the 5th Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. His coat of arms (above) is described as follows on the diocesan website:

The Grant of Arms contains the following description:
Paly-wavy of ten Bleu-celeste and Gules on a Chief Or four Crosses of Jerusalem the outer pair issuant Gules

Which might be expressed in modern English:
Ten wavy stripes in sky blue and red, with a gold field above containing four red Jerusalem Crosses, the outer pair appearing from the side

The wavy stripes hark back to Bishop Richard’s place of birth (the Zambian Arms consisting of similar stripes in black and silver), blue a reminder of Our Lady and the red a reminder of the English Martyrs. The Crosses of Jerusalem are a reference to Bishop Richard’s membership of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Bishop Richard’s motto is Pax et Gaudium in Domino – Peace and Joy in the Lord.

Romero: Another Armigerous Saint (…well, Blessed anyway)


After posting about the use of the coat of arms of the martyr, Blessed Oscar Romero, on the vestments used at the ceremony of his beatification last Saturday some noted how there really is no good image of his coat of arms available on the internet. So, I have undertaken to prepare something (above) which at least more clearly depicts the coat of arms as it seems to appear.

The coat of arms can be blazoned as follows: Per fess in chief per fess again the chief Azure a palm branch Or and below that chequy Or and Argent a triple-barred cross Sable; in base Argent a triple sprig of rosemary Proper. The shield is ensigned with a patriarchal cross pale wise behind the shield and a galero with cords and twenty tassels arranged on both sides in four rows of one, two, three and four all Vert. On a scroll below the shield the motto reads, “Sentire Cum Ecclesia”.

Blessed Oscar Romero

I noted with interest that the vestments worn by the bishops for the May 23 beatification ceremony for martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero were martyr’s red and emblazoned with the coat of arms of the slain archbishop. I’m not usually a big fan of heraldry on vestments but in this case I think it was a nice touch.

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