Monthly Archives: May 2015

Bishop Moth of Arundel & Brighton


Today, May 28, the Most Rev. Richard Moth was installed in the beautiful Arundel Cathedral as the 5th Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. His coat of arms (above) is described as follows on the diocesan website:

The Grant of Arms contains the following description:
Paly-wavy of ten Bleu-celeste and Gules on a Chief Or four Crosses of Jerusalem the outer pair issuant Gules

Which might be expressed in modern English:
Ten wavy stripes in sky blue and red, with a gold field above containing four red Jerusalem Crosses, the outer pair appearing from the side

The wavy stripes hark back to Bishop Richard’s place of birth (the Zambian Arms consisting of similar stripes in black and silver), blue a reminder of Our Lady and the red a reminder of the English Martyrs. The Crosses of Jerusalem are a reference to Bishop Richard’s membership of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Bishop Richard’s motto is Pax et Gaudium in Domino – Peace and Joy in the Lord.

Romero: Another Armigerous Saint (…well, Blessed anyway)


After posting about the use of the coat of arms of the martyr, Blessed Oscar Romero, on the vestments used at the ceremony of his beatification last Saturday some noted how there really is no good image of his coat of arms available on the internet. So, I have undertaken to prepare something (above) which at least more clearly depicts the coat of arms as it seems to appear.

The coat of arms can be blazoned as follows: Per fess in chief per fess again the chief Azure a palm branch Or and below that chequy Or and Argent a triple-barred cross Sable; in base Argent a triple sprig of rosemary Proper. The shield is ensigned with a patriarchal cross pale wise behind the shield and a galero with cords and twenty tassels arranged on both sides in four rows of one, two, three and four all Vert. On a scroll below the shield the motto reads, “Sentire Cum Ecclesia”.

Blessed Oscar Romero

I noted with interest that the vestments worn by the bishops for the May 23 beatification ceremony for martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero were martyr’s red and emblazoned with the coat of arms of the slain archbishop. I’m not usually a big fan of heraldry on vestments but in this case I think it was a nice touch.

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Bishop Stowe of Lexington

On May 5 the Most Rev. John Stowe, OFMConv was ordained and installed as the third bishop of Lexington, Kentucky. His coat of arms is:


The explanation of his personal arms and motto (from the diocesan website):

On the right side are the personal arms of Bishop John. These are composed of a white field on which is seen a red eagle, the symbol of Saint John, Bishop John’s baptismal and religious patron. Below the eagle is a black Tau cross, emblematic of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of Bishop John’s religious order. The color black represents the dominant color of the Franciscan habit. Upon the tau is a green “Mary’s Key,” seen hanging from the belt of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Consolation, the national shrine of which Bishop John was rector.

For his motto, Bishop John has adopted the Latin phrase, “ANNUNTIAMUS VERBUM VITAE”, translated as, “We announce the Word of life.”