sc00e3abf1aRev. Guy Selvester, M.Div., M.A. has been studying and working in the field of heraldic research and design for over thirty years. He is an enthusiast about all kinds of heraldry but his principal area of interest and experience is in ecclesiastical heraldry and, in particular, the heraldry of the Roman Catholic Church. Ordained to the priesthood in 1997 he currently serves as the Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Washington, New Jersey. Fr. Selvester is a Governor-At-Large of the American Heraldry Society; a Fellow and on the Board of Governors of the American College of Heraldry; a member of the NJ Catholic Historical Commission, and a member of several other heraldic societies and organizations. In 2013 he founded the Collegium Ecclesiastica Exarandorum (College of Ecclesiastical Heraldry) to promote the study and improvement of ecclesiastical heraldry.


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  1. Guardian Toups

    Fr. Selvester, What are ways one can match a coat of arms with the correct Bishop, ArchBishop or Cardinal? Are Ecclesiastical Coat of Arms logged?

  2. Ronnie

    Hello, Fr. I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago. I have a French-made antique armoire with a coat of arms that I believe belongs to a bishop or cardinal. Is there any way I can find out whose coat of arms it is?

  3. Victor Siebeneck

    Father, in many cases, you indicate that a charge represents specific meaning or alludes to some aspect of an Armiger’s past (ancestry, profession, etc.). What book(s) would you recommend one who is interested in such things, particularly those with ecclesiastic meanings (eg. Chi Rho, swords, types of crosses, etc.)?

    1. guyselvester Post author

      “Heraldry in the Catholic Church” by Bruno Heim; Woodward’s “A Treatise on Ecclesiastical Heraldry”; “A Manual of Ecclesiastical Heraldry” by Michael McCarthy.


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