Chicago’s Three New Auxiliaries

On September 17 Blase Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago will ordain three new Auxiliary Bishops. They and their newly assumed coats of arms are:

Mark Bartosic (57) Titular Bishop of Novatcata

wbartosic coat of arms new

BLAZON: Argent, at center, upon a cross throughout azure, a plate charged with the monogram of the Holy Name, sable; to chief dexter a pear tree and to base sinister a bumble bee, both proper.

Robert Casey (50) Titular Bishop of Thuburbo Maius

wcasey_revised coat of arms

BLAZON: Argent and gules; a chevron party per chevron between in chief six stars, in two groups each two and one and in base an escallop all counterchanged.

Ronald Hicks (51) Titular Bishop of Munatiana

wHicks revised coat of arms

BLAZON: Azure, upon a fess wavy argent a sprig of rosemary proper; to chief per saltire a sword upon a quill below a heart gules fimbriated of the second, in base a spring of lily of three blossoms, also of the second.

All three (the work of Deacon Paul Sullivan) show a happy composition, good limited use of colors and make for nice clear designs. The arms of Bishop-elect Hicks is the most “crowded” and the fimbriation around the heart is probably there so that the heart could be depicted as red on a blue field. That’s unfortunate. It’s a “trick” to get around the tincture “rule” (of no color on color) but its a weak design element. It would have been better simply to have the heart be of gold or silver.

 

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3 thoughts on “Chicago’s Three New Auxiliaries

  1. Fr. ACEGC

    The arms of +Casey are definitely the winner here. Very clean and readable, while still bold, good use of color reversal across the division of the field. An exemplary coat of arms. Not wild about the writing on the arms of +Bartosic, even though it is the monogram of the Holy Name. I would find other ways of representing Christ, if I were designing this one. And I agree on +Hicks; I think it’s a little over-colored, if that makes sense, and since it’s so busy, it doesn’t have a good visual focus to it.

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  2. Hans van Heijningen

    Hicks: interesting is the sprig of rosemary proper. I think this points to beatf. bishop Oscar Romero, who had such a sprig in his coat of arms.

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