Charles Coleman Thompson

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Born : April 11, 1961
Deceased :

Bishop of Evansville, 2011–2017
Archbishop of Indianapolis, 2017–present

Arms of Charles Coleman Thompson

Bishop of Evansville
Arms of Charles Coleman Thompson

Archbishop of Indianapolis

Official blazon

  • (personal arms) Argent, between per fess two barlets wavy two crosses, all Azure; in chief a fleur-de-lis Vert and in base an inverted Latin cross of the second upon a broadsword, per bend sinister, of the last.


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

The two blue wavy bars represent the Ohio River that connects the states of Kentucky and Indiana. The two blue crosses represent the Catholic heritage that has come to the Bishop from both of his parents Charles and Mary (Thomas) Thompson. The green fleur-de-lis is taken from the arms of the Diocese of Bardstown in Kentucky.

Bishop Thompson has personal devotion to Saints Peter and Paul. This devotion is represented in the base of the bishop's personal arms with the inverted blue Latin cross, for Saint Peter, who found himself so unworthy to even die as Christ died, was crucified by the Roman upside­ down, and for Saint Paul who is represented with a green sword.

For his motto Bishop Thompson has selected the phrase "CHRIST THE CORNERSTONE," from Saint Paul's Letter to the Ephesians (Eph. 2:20). By this motto, His Excellency, Bishop Thompson acknowledges that all that we do "as church" comes from and is centered upon The Lord, Jesus Christ.

The achievement is completed with the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop by instruction of the Holy See, of March 1969, confirmed in March 2001.

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Literature :, 2011