Coleman Francis Carroll

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COLEMAN FRANCIS CARROLL

Born : February 9, 1905
Deceased : July 26, 1977

Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh, 1953–1958
Bishop of Miami, 1958–1968
Archbishop of Miami, 1968–1977

Arms of Coleman Francis Carroll

Auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh
Arms of Coleman Francis Carroll

Bishop of Miami

Official blazon

  • (Pittsburgh) Parted per chevron argent and gules, two lions combatant counterchanged, supporting a processional cross patée or, in base two martlets respectant of the first
  • (Miami) Impaled. Dexter: Azure, a less abased or, rising from this a palm tree of the same between two crosses patée argent, in base, four bars wavy of the last, azure and argent (See of Miami) ; Sinister: Parted per chevron argent and gules, two lions combatant counterchanged, supporting a processional cross patée or, in base two martlets respectant of the first.

Motto : Primum regnum Dei

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 arms of the Bishop are based on those of the Carroll families of Ireland which bear: Two lions combatant gules supporting a sword argent, hilt and pommell or. The coat has been differenced by counterchanging per chevron and substituting a bishop's cross for the sword. The two martlets in base are from the arms of the Hogan family of Ireland, the Bishop's mother's name.

The motto is taken from the Gospel of Saint Matthew the Apostle, chapter 6, verse 33.


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Literature : Brassard, 1962