Bishop Zarama of Raleigh

On August 29, the Most Rev. Luis Rafael Zarama, until now the Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta, will be installed in the brand new cathedral as the Sixth Bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina. His coat of arms (below) is explained on the diocesan website:

ZaramaCrest_final

On a blue field is displayed an extra wide chevron of Gold (yellow). This device gives the illusion of two mountains; a gold one and a blue one. The gold mountain (the chevron) is charged with a scattering (semé) of red crosses to represent the bishop’s home city of Pasto, in southwestern Colombia, which is known as “The Theological City.” The lower mountain (part of the blue field) has a golden lion’s head to represent the Evangelist, Saint Mark, who is the titular patron of the parish in Clarkesville, Georgia, on a mountain, where Bishop Zarama served as pastor.

Above the chevron are a gold rose for Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus, also known as “The Little Flower,” and a silver (white) lily for Saint Joseph, the Foster Father of Jesus, who have served as Bishop Zarama’s particular patrons throughout his life as a priest and now as a bishop.

(Paul Sullivan is the artist)
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One thought on “Bishop Zarama of Raleigh

  1. Hans van Heijningen

    Zaraima: correct and well-shaped, and happily with an unchanged personal (sinister-)half.
    Schlert, new: blameless and beautiful too.
    Wack: I, and perhaps more readers look forward to your opinion about the c.o.a. Wack (Pensecola-Talahassee), a repeat of the concept-Konderla (Oklahoma City) …..

    Thanks.

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