This coat of arms was designed for a man about to be ordained to the priesthood. He chose mostly red and gold to allude to the arms of Pope Benedict XVI who inspired him to pursue the priesthood. The Jerusalem cross is for his travels in the Holy Land and his care and concern for the Church in the Middle East. The escallop shell is from his family arms and also represents both baptism and pilgrimage. The chevron is a stylized carpenter’s square for St. Joseph, to whom there is a particular devotion, and is silver (white) to allude to Our Lady. The motto, from Psalm 104, says “Always Seek His Face”.
The Archbishop-Emeritus of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, died today in Chicago after a long, courageous and rather public struggle with cancer. Requiescat in Pace.