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.