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Archbishop Paul S. Coakley’s Coat of Arms

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley’s Coat of Arms

Oklahoman Modified: February 12, 2011 at 12:56 am •  Published: February 12, 2011

The shield is divided by an inverted “V” of ermine, the heraldic emblem of the Coakley family in Ireland for several centuries. Ermine also represents the ecclesial title of “Christ the King.”

Also seen is the pilgrim’s hat, the emblem for all prelates and priests of the Latin Rite of the Church. For the rank of archbishop, the pilgrim’s hat is in deep green and has 10 tassels.

Behind Coakley’s coat of arms is the archiepiscopal cross. For archbishops, this cross has two transverse arms, the upper one shorter in width than the lower arm. The double-armed cross for archbishops came into the church in the seventh century.

Coakley’s personal motto is “Duc In Altum,” that translates as “Put out into the deep.” It can be found in the Gospel of Luke and relates to the moment in Scripture when Jesus, after teaching the crowds from Simon’s boat, invites the apostles to “put out into the deep” and lower their nets for a catch (Luke 5:4). Obedient to Jesus’ command, Simon Peter and his companions cast their nets as directed and “caught such a great number of fish that their nets were at the breaking point (Luke 5:6).”

SOURCE: Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

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