Bishop Hicks of Joliet

On September 29, the Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks (53), a priest and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be installed as the Sixth Bishop of Joliet, Illinois.

His personal coat of arms was assumed in 2018 when he became a bishop and was prepared at that time by the late Deacon Paul Sullivan. After being named to Joliet he asked me to help him by marshaling his existing arms with those of the See of Joliet.

3 thoughts on “Bishop Hicks of Joliet

  1. Daniel Romero

    Fr. Selvester,
    As always another excellent coat of arms! Keep up the awesome work!

    The Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau has not posted Archbishop Bellisario’s coat of arms to their website. But the link to the Mass of Installation worship aid is still on the Vimeo site with the video of the Mass. The Diocese of Savannah just posted the Mass of Installation worship aid to their website yesteerday for Bishop Parkes. Both designs were rendered by Renato Poletti of Italy. No changes to Bellisario’s personal coat of arms from his tenure in Juneau, only the changes to the new Archdiocesan crest. Bishop Parkes has a tasteful and simple personal coat of arms. It matches well with the Savannah diocesan coat of arms.

    God bless,

    1. guyselvester Post author

      I am inclined to agree. The personal arms were, of course, assumed when he became an Auxiliary Bishop in Chicago and, when filling the entire field, did look less complicated. The bishop had no way of knowing where he would be transferred to or if at all. It’s not unheard of in a place like Chicago for an Auxiliary Bishop to remain an Auxiliary. Also, of course, the bishop did not determine the arms of the See nor can he easily change them (and certainly not to harmonize with his personal arms!). The person who originally designed the personal arms was not particularly discerning about how much he would include nor did he ever really change a requested design so he bears some of the responsibility. This is, perhaps, a great example of why a good, clean, clear and simple design is best at the outset. If or when an Auxiliary Bishop is promoted to Diocesan Bishop it avoids an overcrowded coat of arms.


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