The Most Rev. Stephen J. Lopes, the newly appointed Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (for former Anglicans living in the USA) will be ordained on February 2. He is the second Ordinary but the first one who is not a former Anglican himself and the first who will hold the rank of bishop.
(artwork by Marco Foppoli)
A very good design from an excellent heraldist: Marco Foppoli from Italy. Only minus: why have the personal symbols not been marshalled with the c.o.a. of the ‘Personal Ordinate’ as is the American tradition?
I developed the heraldic concept of these arms for Bishop Lopes, and he had Foppoli execute this rendering. Bishop Lopes personally decided against the marshalling.
The embattled (crenellated) line partitioning the upper and lower portions of the shield is from the arms of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where the bishop grew up and was ordained a priest. The line evokes the palisade of the “Presidio” of San Francisco, the fort that Spain established there in beginning the settlement that became the city. The colors red and white (gules and argent) are also from the arms of San Francisco, as well as from the flag of Poland, the homeland of the bishop’s mother.
These are canting arms for Bishop Steven Lopes. “Steven” is from the Greek “stephanos” which means crown– therefore the use of a crown in these arms, specifically in the form of the historical imperial crown of Portugal, since the bishop’s father is Portuguese. The two roundels flanking the crown are stones recalling the stoning of St. Stephen. The Portuguese surname “Lopes” derives from the Latin “lupus” which means wolf.