Coat of Arms

In according to the Roman Catholic Church heraldic tradition, the Coat of Arms of a Bishop is normally composed by:

  • shield with its charges (symbols) coming from family, geographic, religious and historical meanings and/or referred to the name of the Bishop;                                   
  • golden processional cross, with one traversal bar, to represent the rank of the  Bishop, “impaled” (vertically) behind the shield;
  • green hat (galero) with 12 (six on each side) attached tassels, ordained 1; 2; 3;   from the top;
  • a scroll with the motto, written in black, below everything.

Here a samnitic shape shield has been chosen, frequently used in Roman Catholic Church heraldry and a botonny processional cross with five red stones to represent the Five Wounds of Christ.

 

Motto

“Rich in Mercy” (Dives in Misericordia)

For his motto Bishop Bellisario has chosen these words coming from St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians,  “But God, who is rich in mercy, becasue of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ.” (Ephisians 2:4-5)

Interpretation

On the left side of the shield we find represented the Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Juneau; the right side is occupied by the personal arms of Bishop Bellisario.

Personal Arms of Bishop Bellisario

The Cross of Saint Andrew: Represents Saint Andrew the Apostle, Bishop Bellisario's Patron Saint. 

The Long Stem Rose: Represents Bishop Bellisario's mother, Mildred (1922-2006), and his English heritage. 

The Ship: Represents the Church, the Bark of Saint Peter, putting out into the deep. It also represents Bishop Bellisario's father, Rocky (1915-2005), the Bellisario Family and his Italian heritage. 

The Sacred Heart of Jesus*: Represents Jesus, who died for our sins, and commemorates Bishop Bellisario's religious community, the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), following Christ evangelizing the poor.  

The Immaculate Heart of Mary*: Represents Mary, who intercedes for us and commemorates the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, serving persons who are poor.

*Both hearts are taken from the reverse side of the Miraculous Medal.