Very Nice Diocesan Arms

On Sept. 24th Edgar da Cunha will be installed as the new bishop of Fall River, MA. The diocese possesses a very nicely designed coat of arms that even includes a nice “can’t” or heraldic pun based on the name of the See. The wavy line that crosses the shield from the upper left to the lower right depicts a river that falls as one looks at it from left to right. Thus, it “says” the name of the diocese. In addition, the overall design is simple and uncluttered. The cross is a sign of the faith and the grace of God and the star is a symbol of the titular of the cathedral: St. Mary. The arms were designed by Pierre Chaignon la Rose.


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