Andrew James Louis Brennan

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Born : December 14, 1877
Deceased : May 23, 1956

Auxiliary Bishop of Scranton, 1923–1926
Bishop of Richmond, 1926–1945

Arms of Andrew James Louis Brennan

Auxiliary Bishop of Scranton
Arms of Andrew James Louis Brennan

Bishop of Richmond

Official blazon

Gules, two lions combatant holding a ciborium or, on a chief argent a saltire azure (Brennan).

Motto: Ut sim fidelis


As common in US episcopal heraldry, the arms show the arms of the diocese impaled with the personal arms of the bishop.

The personal arms of the Bishop are taken from the original arms of the Brennan family of Ireland, with one change. The original Brennan lions hold a sheaf of wheat, changed here to a ciborium, symbol of the Holy Eucharist. The chief has been added in honor of St. Andrew the Apostle, the Bishop's baptismal patron.

The motto is taken from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 7, verse 25: Consilium autem do, tanquam misericordiam consecutus a Domino, ut sim fidelis; the complete verse reads: "I have no commandment of the Lord, yet I give an opinion, as one having obtained mercy from the Lord to be trustworthy."

Literature : Brassard, 1960