Monday, June 14, 2010

Some New Ecclesiastical Arms

There's a nice article posted on the May 25 of The Florida Catholic that pictures, and discusses the meaning of, the arms of the new Archbishop of Miami, Florida, Thomas Wenski.  The full article can be found on-line at http://thefloridacatholic.org/iv/archbishop_wenskis_coat_of_arms?parent_cat_id=198

The coat is very nicely done, but I can't help but notice that the Archbishop has changed his personal arms from the time he was Bishop of Orlando and now.  The charges on the chief have been changed from six-pointed mullets to fleurs-de-lys.  According to the article, the fleurs were taken from the one on the chief in the arms of the Diocese of Orlando.  It does not explain where the earlier mullets (used when he was Bishop of Orlando) came from.

It's great to see heraldry not only being used in the United States today, but also the personal meaning of the charges on the arms being discussed.

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