Bishop of Harrisburg, PA

On March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, until now bishop of Lexington, Kentucky, will be installed as the 11th Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the city which also serves as the capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His coat of arms (below) is composed of the arms of the See of Harrisburg depicting a red cross on a silver field charged with a shamrock in honor of the titular of the cathedral, St. Patrick, below a black chief that is an allusion to the black fess charged with three plates from the arms of William Penn. The center plate is changed to a crescent from the arms of the Harris family from which Harrisburg gets its name.

The bishops personal arms are impaled with the arms of the See. The red field with the silver bar encircled by a gold ring are all taken from the arms of his native diocese of Allentown, PA. The tree above and the mountain with the double-barred cross below honor his parental heritage from Baden and Slovakia, respectively.

The motto is from John 1:16 and means “from His fullness, grace upon grace”. The artwork is by Paul Sullivan.


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