Heraldry Today

The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Pembroke

Pembroke, Ontario
Grant of Arms
March 15, 2007
Vol. V, p. 125

Arms of The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Pembroke

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Blazon

Arms

Azure a cross patonce Or in chief a Celtic knot Argent;


Symbolism

Arms

The Celtic decoration represents the artwork in the cathedral of the diocese that honours Saint Columbkille, the Patron Saint of the diocese. The colour blue also represents the Ottawa River that joins the two main parts of the diocese and which was a means of communication for the early missionaries to Canada. The colour blue is also associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary. The colour white represents activity on the water, in the form of the “white-water” appearance of rapids and the waves created by paddlers in canoes. The cross is the style that appears on the seal of the Chancery of the Diocese, as well as on vessels and appointments of the first Bishop of Pembroke, the Most Reverend Narcisse Zephirin Lorrain.