Diocese of Monterey in California

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DIOCESE OF MONTEREY IN CALIFORNIA (Dioecesis Montereyensis in California)

Country : United States
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1840 as Diocese of California
Split in 1849 to Diocese of Monterey and Archdiocese of San Francisco
Renamed 1859 to Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles
Split in 1922 as Diocese of Monterey-Fresno and Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Split in 1967 in Diocese of Monterey in California and Diocese of Fresno

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Monterey in California
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The cross recalls St. Father Junipero Serra and his custom of erecting a large cross at each new foundation. The two mission bells signify that Monterey was the second of the California missions. The crown on a mount suggests the Spanish meaning of Monterey-“mount of the king.”

Red and gold are the colors of Spain and silver suggests the Del Monte white sand for which Monterey is noted.

Arms of Bishops of California and Monterey

Arms of Bishops of Monterey-Los Angeles

Arms of Bishops of Monterey-Fresno

Arms of Bishops of Monterey in California


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