My new coat of arms

Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms of His Excellency, The Most Reverend Christopher J. Coyne, S.L.D. Tenth Bishop of Burlington

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Nice! The “cords” are less whimsical compared to the CofA designed for you as an AB in Indianapolis!

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A great coat of arms…I see you are getting into the spirit of the state where the start of deer hunting season is a undeclared “holy day of obligation,” albeit to roam the mountains and forests.

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Seriously? In the twenty-first century … during the papacy of the humble Francis… hoopla over the obscure trappings of mediaeval heraldry? Come on man, wake up and smell the sheep!

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Yeah, I agree it is bit much but it is part of the scene of being an ordinary – Oh and btw, here’s the link to Pope Francis’ “Coat of Arms” http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/elezione/stemma-papa-francesco.html

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I’m with Fred, wishing that a bishop somewhere, including Pope Francis might actually speak and say “really, why are we still doing this?” Seeing how Pope Francis has cast aside so much medieval nonsense that too many priest, bishops and cardinals seem to relish, it does seem like overkill. Who cares about coats of arms and to what end do we still use/need them?

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Again,as it stands it’s part of what’s required of a bishop. I think the folks who did this for me did a great job and I am pleased with the work and its simplicity. I like the history and the meaning of the tradition. It connects us with our past. There are some who wanted to see the Coat of Arms and then asked about its symbolism. So, I posted them. If you don’t like the fact that there are such traditions as a Coat of Arms and the like, then don’t pay any attention to all of this. And I’ll point it out again: Pope Francis has a Coat of Arms which he helped design. It is a symbol of history and his office as Pope and a Prince of the Church.

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I like the coat of arms and the symbolism it represents. What is wrong with having a long history, which the Catholic Church certainly does. Vermont, you are getting a wonderful Bishop. He has been a blessing to us in Indianapolis and will be missed. Bishop Coyne, you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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One major thing Pope Francis has done is set priorities. Priorities in approaches to evangelization, priorities in attending to the poor, priorities even in administration…and priorities in which traditions are counterproductive, which are innocuous and which should be retained. While one could make a minor case for heraldic trappings, in my book, it falls into the middle category and can be dealt with at a later date.

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Thanks Paul for your input (I’m working on the laptop and I see the comments pop-up). Good points being made by all. I hope my priorities will be in order as well: evangelization, social justice ministry, the health and spiritual well-being of my clergy, getting out and listening to folks, celebrating the Church’s Liturgy well – basically trying to spread the “Good News.” That’s my hope anyway. Now, where’s my cappa magna …

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Are you going with the Pius XII shortened version, or John XXIII’s restored length? [chortle…]

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I really like your coat of arms and the tradition generally. As Catholics, we have a long history of using forms of art (like a coat of arms) to express our faith and help draw people into the Gospel. When I read the explanation of the Coat of Arms (link at the top right), I learned things I didn’t know about the diocese – our shared history. And, as the explanation provides, there’s a lot about the symbols that is about the diocese generally, and not about the Bishop personally.

I recognize that it may not appeal to everyone, but as someone who is a strong visual learner, I get a lot of benefit from stuff like this. Many of our families have ancient coats of arms that help tell the story of our long family histories; the modern application of this seems no different to me.

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Annette Barnes
January 8, 2015 1:20 pm

quite nice. Fades in light of Pope Francis

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Bill Lawrence
January 15, 2015 2:04 pm

It is great to see the Irish family history in your coat of arms. Perhaps you can join our parish in March for a visit when we have our annual St. Patrick’s Dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

I have attached for your enjoyment a link about the Windows of St. Thomas Church , which has a strong Irish background.

http://www.stthomasvt.com/documents/the-windows-of-st-thomas-church.

We look forward to your leadership.

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