Monthly Archives: August 2013

Archbishop Porteous of Hobart


The coat of arms of the Most Rev. Julian Porteous, up until now the auxiliary bishop of Sydney, Australia who has been promoted to be the (non Metropolitan) Archbishop of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He will be installed on September 17th. The Archbishop decided to re-design his current coat of arms, assumed at the time he was named auxiliary bishop, to bring them into better harmony when impaled with the arms of the See of Hobart. Archbishop Julian’s original arms were: “Quarterly, Vert and Or, a cross throughout Counterchanged; in dexter chief a dove rising surrounded by a golden effulgence and in sinister base an open book Argent, bound Or charged with the Greek letters Alpha and Omega Gules”.

In the redesign he has retained the dove representing the Holy Spirit and requested in be surrounded by rays suggesting the famous Bernini window above the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica. In addition the open book alluding to the Sacred Scriptures has been retained. Thus showing the heraldic equivalent of Spirit and Wisdom.

The new blazon is: “Arms impaled. In the dexter Azure the letter “M” Argent crowned with a celestial crown Or (Hobart); In the sinister per fess Gules and Argent, in chief a sun in splendor, the rays of light depicted as straight lines radiating to the edge of the field, within a ring all Or, charged overall with a dove displayed affronté Argent; in base an open book Argent, bound Gules and charged on the pages with the letters alpha and omega, Gules”.

The arms were designed by me and Mr. Richard d’Apice of Australia and depicted by Mr. Sandy Turnbull, also of Australia.

Bishop Peter Brown, CSsR of Samoa-Pago Pago


The coat of arms of the Most Rev. Peter Brown, CSsR who will be ordained a bishop and installed as the Bishop of Samoa-Pago Pago in American Samoa on August 22, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.

The arms are loosely based on the flag of American Samoa and also contain symbols of the bishop’s native place in New Zealand, the Holy Family, his Religious Community and the Pacific Islands where he will serve as bishop.

The coat of arms was designed by me and Mr. Richard d’Apice and here rendered by Mr. Sandy Turnbull.

Bishop Caggiano of Bridgeport, CT


Yesterday, July 31 His Holiness, Pope Francis appointed the Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, to be the fifth bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut. His coat of arms, adopted at the time he was ordained an auxiliary bishop reflects his native diocese (the crescent is a symbol of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Brooklyn diocese), his background in Canon Law (the scales of justice) and his devotion to Jesus, the Lord, the Lamb of God. These personal arms harmonize well with the attractive “canting” arms of the Bridgeport diocese.

Ad Multos Annos!

NOTE: It has been discovered that the scales of justice in this case are not a symbol of Canon Law but of St. Michael the Archangel, to whom the bishop has a great devotion.