Diocese of Marquette

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DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE (Dioecesis Marquettensis)

Country : United States
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1853 as Diocese of Saulte Sainte Marie-Marquette
Renamed Diocese of Marquette in 1937

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Marquette

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The keys are traditional for Saint Peter, the patron saint of the See and cathedral of Marquette. The deer antlers come from the arms of the state Michigan and are symbol for the wildlife in this state.

The two red fleurs-the-lys in the chief stand for the early French missionaries, especially father Marquette S.J. and Louis Joliet who came to spread the Faith in Michigan. The fleurs-de-lys are placed between three red Passion Nails, taken from the insignia of the Jesuits, who were responsable for the early evangelisation of the Upper Great Lakes.

Arms of Bishops of Saulte Sainte Marie-Marquette

Arms of Bishops of Marquette


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Literature : diocesan website; Hans van Heijningen