Archbishop Rozanski of St. Louis

On August 25th the Most Rev. Mitchell Rozanski (62), a Baltimore priest who most recently served as Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts, will be installed as the 11th Archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri.As mentioned earlier in the blog his coat of arms will be:

The explanation from the archdiocesan website is as follows: The armorial bearings of the Archdiocese of St. Louis (left side) is a blue field with a gold crusader’s cross, and a crown representing Saint Louis IX, King of France, and patron of both the Archdiocese of St. Louis and City of St. Louis. On the extremes of the cross are found the fleur-de-lis flower that recalls the French foundation of the city.

For his personal arms, His Excellency Archbishop Rozanski has selected a design that is based on two major themes; his Polish heritage and his service to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.   In the upper portion of the design, in red and silver (white), the colors of the Polish national flag, are a cross bottony (each arm terminates in a triple ball), which represented in red on silver, is a variant on the symbolism known as a “cross of St. Michael,” the Archbishop’s baptismal patron. To the right of the cross is a silver rose on a red field, drawing upon the significance that His Excellency’s family name refers to “Rose flower” in Polish.

In base, on the alternating vertical bars of black and gold (yellow) with a red diagonal bar called a “bend,” is an open book of the Most Holy Scriptures. These charges, drawn from the arms of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, signify that His Excellency’s ministry as a deacon, priest, and now as an archbishop is to spread God’s Holy Word to the faithful of the Archdiocese. This symbolism joins well with the Archbishop’s motto, that is taken from the 100th Psalm, that in all that Archbishop Rozanski is to do for The Lord, he is called to “SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS.”

I think it makes for a handsome combination. Ad Multos Annos!

2 thoughts on “Archbishop Rozanski of St. Louis

  1. rdapice

    Dear Fr Guy,

    I agree that these are handsome arms.

    Is “Excellency” in use in the US for Archbishops (or any other Church dignitaries apart from the Apostolic Nuncio)?

    I hope that you are keeping well.

    Regards and best wishes,

    Richard

    Richard d’Apice AM AIH

    President

    The Australian Heraldry Society

    E eastover@ozemail.com.au

    M +61 (0)403 213 098

    http://www.heraldryaustralia.org

    Reply
    1. guyselvester Post author

      In the US all bishops and archbishops are addressed as “Your Excellency”. It is not ever the custom in the US to address archbishops as “Your Grace” as is done in other part of the English-speaking world.

      Reply

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