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St. Paul's Cathedral

London, Ontario
Grant of Arms
May 24, 1989
Vol. I, p. 24

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Gules a sword in pale point in chief Argent hilt and pommel Or surmounted in fess point by a book expanded proper bound Or in dexter chief a trefoil slipped and in sinister chief a mullet of six points Or;





The open book and the sword are the heraldic symbols for St. Paul. The shamrock represents Bishop Benjamin Cronyn, the Irish-born first Bishop of Huron. The star represents Bishop Isaac Hellmuth, who came from a Polish Jewish family, was the diocese’s second bishop and first cathedral dean, and who also founded the University of Western Ontario.


This Latin phrase means "The sword of the spirit" (Ep 6:17).


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on July 22, 1989, in Volume 123, page 3347 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of David Bowyer, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

David Bowyer

David Bowyer

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