Diocese of San Jose in California

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DIOCESE OF SUPERIOR (Dioecesis Dioecesis Sancti Josephi in California)

Country : United States
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1981

Arms (crest) of Diocese of San Jose in California

Official blazon


The arms show symbols showing California roots, the Santa Clara Valley and the City of San Jose; a diagonal band of Latin crosses represents the missionary tradition of the area (21 California Missions) of which Santa Clara de Asis (1777) is one.

The symbols also represent the Archdiocese of San Francisco from which the Diocese of San Jose was founded in 1981; the rose, emblem of Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe); a carpenter's square represents the diocese's patron, St. Joseph; and mountains represent the Santa Clara Valley.

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Literature : explanation of the diocesan arms on the diocesan web, 2011