Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana

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DIOCESE OF ALEXANDRIA (Dioecesis Alexandrina)

Country : United States
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1853 as Diocese of Natchitoches
Renamed Alexandria in 1910
Renamed Alexandria-Shreveport 1976-1986
1986 split in Diocese of Alexandria and Diocese of Shreveport

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana

Official blazon

  • (en) Gules, a cross throughout Argent between four bells of the last; overall, at the center point, a crescent checky Sable and Or.


The red field signifies the Red River that runs through the See city. The cross - a symbol of the Faith- divides the four whete bells that are taken from the arms of the Patriarchal See of Alexandria in Egypt, for which the See city in USA is named.

Over all a black-and-yellow checkered crescent, taken from the arms of the Spanish family ¨Xavier¨, and this symbol is used throughout ecclesiastical heraldry as the classic charge for Saint Francis Xavier, patron saint of the cathedral church in Alexandria.

Arms of Bishops of Natchitoches

Arms of Bishops of Alexandria

Arms of Bishops of Alexandria-Shreveport

Arms of Bishops of Alexandria

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Literature : Image from Wikipedia by Jayarathina; background from diocesan website