Joannes Mathijs Gijsen
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JOANNES MATHIJS GIJSEN
Born : October 7, 1932; Oeffelt, the Netherlands
Deceased : June 24, 2013; Sittard, the Netherlands
The arms until 1982
The arms after 1982
The Papal Keys alludes to the fact that Bishop Gijsen was consecrated Bishop in Rome by Pope Paul VI and the then Archbishop of Utrecht Cardinal Alfrink. The Lamb symbolises the Baptismal Patron of the Bishop St John the Baptist.
The mottoes "Bereidt de weg des Heren" and "Parate viam Domine" translate as "Prepare the Way of the Lord".