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.”

4 thoughts on “Bishop Stowe of Lexington

  1. Hans van Heijningen

    A typical Deacon Sullivan and better then the ‘Cheri’. Here the ‘T’ for the Franciscans in black, better then brown.
    ….. and inbetween we stil did not hear anything of a coat of arms of mgr. McElroy from San Diego. When there is only marshalling without any critical change in the sinister half, the result will be horrible.


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