Arms impaled. Dexter: Agent, upon a mount, issuant from base Vert, a North American buffalo Gules, holding, upon a staff Or, a burgee of the Savior (red cross upon white), that extends into a chief of the last. Sinister: Vert, a lion Rampant combatant Or; upon a chief chevronny, Azure and Argent, the monogram of Mary, of the second.
The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, which is the central and most important part of the design, a scroll with a motto and the external ornamentation. The design is described (blazoned) as if the description was being given by the bearer (from behind) with the shield being worn on the left arms. Thus, it must be remembered, where it applies, as the device is viewed from the front that the terms sinister and dexter are reversed.
By heraldic tradition, the arms of the bishop of a diocese, called a “diocesan bishop” are joined (impaled) with the arms of his jurisdiction, in this case the Diocese of Buffalo, that are seen in the dexter impalement (left side) of the design.
These arms are composed of a silver (white) field on which is displayed a red North American buffalo, standing upon a green mound, to represent the world, and the buffalo is holding in his forepaw a gold (yellow) staff that extends into a red chief (upper one-third of the design) that bears the burgee (a flag with a notch in the end) of The Savior. This pennant is in the traditional colors of a red cross on a silver (white) background.
For his personal arms, His Excellency, Bishop Malone has modified slightly the arms that he adopted upon his being chosen to receive the fullness of Christ’s priesthood when he was called to be an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston and which he retained during his tenure as Bishop of Portland, in Maine.
These arms are composed of two sections. The main section is green on which is presented a gold (yellow) lion rampant, combatant (standing on his hind-paws, as if in battle). This is the main charge of the Malone family coat of arms. The chief of his personal arms is chevronny of blue and silver (white) to simulate a portion of a “carpenter's square,” honoring St. Joseph, patron saint of the Diocese of Buffalo, and upon that chevronny field is the charge called “the monogram of Mary” (an interlaced “A” and “M” for AUSPICE MARIA, which means “Under the protection of Mary”) to honor and acknowledge His Excellency’s deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
For his motto Bishop Malone has retained the phrase “LIVE THE TRUTH IN LOVE.” With this phrase, His Excellency, Bishop Malone expresses that as Christians, all of us are called upon to proclaim the truth that is Jesus Christ and his message, especially by the witness of our lives.
The achievement is completed by the external ornamentation which are a gold processional cross, that is placed in back of the shield and which extends above and below the shield, and the pontifical hat, called a “gallero,” with its six tassels in three rows on either side of the shield, all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop, by instruction of The Holy See, of March 31, 1969.
By: Deacon Paul J. Sullivan
The author and designer respectfully request appropriate acknowledgement for the public use of these efforts.
Rev. Mr. Sullivan is a Deacon of the Diocese of Providence (RI-USA)
Rev. Mr. Paul J. Sullivan
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