The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Pierre-Olivier Tremblay

Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Grant of Arms
February 15, 2019
Vol. VII, p. 144

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Per pale Gules and Argent, dexter a classical temple Argent masoned Sable, sinister an olive tree eradicated proper, on a chief Azure a mullet Or;





The blue colour of the chief and the gold star, traditional symbols of the Blessed Virgin Mary, indicate that Bishop Tremblay belongs to the congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and his relationship with the Marian sanctuary of Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, in Trois-Rivières, where he was ordained as a bishop. The red alludes to the fire mentioned in his motto. The classical temple symbolizes the Church as a temple of wisdom. Its simple form also evokes the university, a place of study and of searching for the truth, particularly in theology. The two symbols, the temple and the olive tree, evoke the Church as a structure and as a living organism. They also make a reference to Bishop Tremblay’s first name, Pierre-Olivier, which means “stone” and “olive tree” in French.


This French phrase, meaning “Fire on the earth,” is taken from Luke 12:49, in which Jesus tells his disciples that he has come to send fire on the earth.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 23, 2019, in Volume 153, page 1082 of the Canada Gazette.

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Original concept of Robert Pichette, Dauphin Herald Extraordinary, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Robert Grey

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