June 29, 2007

Ut Omnes Unum Sint

Today, at 2:00, Bishop John Nienstedt will be installed as Coadjutor Archbishop of this Archdiocese. The Mass will take place at the magnificent Cathedral of St. Paul. They are expecting a big crowd. Unfortunately, I'm heading out of town shortly. I feel it best to leave the area until things cool down. There are some men, in an unmarked car, parked outside my house doing a lame show of reading the newspaper. What could it mean? In my absence, comment moderation will be enabled. I shall return on Monday-I think.

Welcome Coadjutor Archbishop Nienstedt! You are in my prayers.

In the meantime, enjoy the meaning of the Coadjutor Archbishop's Coat of Arms, reprinted below from The Catholic Spirit

• Ut Omnes Unum Sint” means “That they all may be one.” This quote from John 17:21 symbolizes the Archbishop’s emphasis on unity within the Church and among God’s people.

• The shield is green and silver. The bar that runs from upper left to lower right is called a “bend.” The green symbolizes the Archbishop’s mother’s Irish heritage, and the silver symbolizes his father’s German heritage.

• A gold stag overlaps the two bands, honoring the late Detroit Cardinal John Dearden. The stag is taken from Cardinal Dearden’s coat of arms. Archbishop Nienstedt served Cardinal Dearden as a secretary and found a mentor in him.

• A gold-crowned red heart in the shield symbolizes Jesus’ heart.

• The red orsini rose is a symbol for the North American College in Rome, where Archbishop Nienstedt studied. The rose is also symbolic of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, patroness of the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Mich., where Archbishop Nienstedt was pastor when he was called to the episcopacy.

• Three interlocking fish symbolize the Holy Trinity.

• A geometric butterfly is a symbol of friendship to the Dakota people, the native people of the state. In Dakota, the butterfly is called “oihanke wanica,” meaning “everlasting life.”

• A representation of the shield from Ulm, Germany, was added to connect with the homeland of Minnesota’s early settlers to signify his rank as a Bishop.

• A gold processional cross and pontifical hat with six tassels in three rows on both sides of the shield were added by the Holy See.


Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Yeah - you better get out of town. Does one of the guys reading the newspaper look like the library detective from Seinfeld? Is he with Ray? (Ray's newspapers always have holes in them - so he can look throuh. Now that his eysight is so bad, the holes are about as big as a basketball.)

Have a great weekend kid!

June 29, 2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger bearing said...

What would be on your coat of arms, CofA?

June 29, 2007 3:48 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Was that a maroon 92 Corsica outside the Cathy of Alex household?

And was the person in the driver's seat reading back issues of The Remnant or Father Z's current column in The Wanderer?

He's known to be a very reliable person, I'll have you know.

June 29, 2007 9:26 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Terry: Thanks! Re: your comments about Ray. Ray uses a fern, not a newspaper. It's possible, he knows everyone is on to him and he has switched to the old newspaper trick. However, I'd knows his car anywhere and it's definitely NOT unmarked.

Bearing: That's a fun question! I'll have to think about that. I know extremely little about heraldry. What would your shield have?

Ray: If you are going to try and be unnoticed, you need to take the bus or start biking over. I can spot your distinctive vehicle anyplace!

July 02, 2007 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking for some history. Must have been about 1968. There was a group, who left the Shrine of the Little Flower to form what was essentially an apostate hippie "church." I seem to recall it was called "The Community." The fallen priest's name was something like Fr. Liaget. Tried to Google it and found nothing. Anyone know more? Cannot find anything about it on the web. Yes, I was a kidlet in tow of wannabe hippie parents, to that apostate "church." The reason for the schism? They were angry that the SotLF used monies for flowers and other internal decor rather than contributing to self immolating rioters in Detroit. Typical late 1960s.

February 19, 2009 3:36 PM  

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