Bernard Jacques Ganter

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BERNARD JACQUES GANTER

Born : July 17, 1928
Deceased : October 9, 1993

Bishop of Tulsa, 1973—1977
Bishop of Beaumont, 1977—1993

Arms of Bernard Jacques Ganter

Official blazon

  • (Beaumont) Impaled arms. Dexter: azure, out of a mount in base an oilstock or charged with the monogram Chi-Rho gules, in chief a mullet between two roses argent. (Diocese of Beaumont.) Sinister: azure, a dexter hand appaume vested or garnished gules supporting a heart of the last, in chief a mullet argent. (Bishop Ganter.)

Motto: In Corde Jesu.

Origin/meaning

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

The blue field and silver star on Bishop Ganter's arms proudly bespeak his Texan origins, for he is a native of Galveston. Besides the reference to Texas, the solitary star is a literary figure in Scripture (Revelation 22:16) which the Church has often applied poetically to Mary; the color blue is likewise associated with her in Christian art. In the use of these Marian devices, the Bishop pays tribute to the city of his birth, to St. Mary's Seminary in Houston, where he was educated for the priesthood, and to the Catholic University of America, where he earned his degree in Canon Law and which is the site of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The golden gauntlet is canting; a ganter is one who makes gloves. The heart, upheld and supported by the gloved hand, represents the Bishop's dedication to the works of charity in the modern world. It also commemorates his sixteen years of pastoral service in two Texas parishes, both of them dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The motto, "In Corde Jesu", is translated "In the Heart of Jesus". It affirms the Bishop's devotion to the Lord whose loving power strengthens us for every good work.


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Literature : Information Diocese of Beaumont