New Bp. of Birmingham (Alabama, USA) changes coat-of-arms

The new Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama, which see was vacant for a long time, has changed his coat-of-arms.

Bishops normally have their arms divided so that one part is the arms of the diocese and their other is their personal arms.

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  1. The picture isnt coming up.

  2. Syriacus says:

    [Semi-rethorical question:] Father, would it be possible for Bishop Baker to also “latinize” his episcopal motto?

  3. Geoffrey says:

    I can see it… :-)

  4. Andrew says:


    So many episcopal coat-of-arms-zes are not in Latin any more …

    oh tempora.

  5. Father Bartoloma says:

    I don’t get it.

  6. Father Bartoloma says:

    I don’t get it.

  7. Maureen says:

    Mottoes aren’t really part of your arms. You can change them. (Although I don’t think bishops usually do.) You can write the motto whatever way you want, in whatever language you want. He’s just got it in English because this is America.

    Old French, however, is always stylin’.

  8. Fr. Stephen says:

    The image does not appear.

  9. Barb says:

    I went to Shouts in the Piazza to see the coat of arms, but I don’t know what it means. They had no explanation and I couldn’t tell which was the original and which was the new one. Could we get some help here? Thanks. Baker will be great for Birmingham.

  10. KAP says:

    The one on the left is from Charleston-Read about it here:

    The coat on the right must be B’ham.

    Prayers for all!

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