Bishop Elect Jeffrey M. Fleming
Coat of Arms of His Excellency, The Most Reverend Jeffrey Michael Fleming, Coadjutor Bishop of Great Falls-Billings
“Go Make Disciples”
For his episcopal motto, Bishop Fleming has chosen the beginning of the Great Commission that Jesus gives to the Church. By this choice, His Excellency wishes to express that all believers are called and commissioned by Christ to “Go Make Disciples.”
Blazonry of the Coat of Arms of The Most Reverend Jeffery Michael Fleming
The sheaves of wheat are a typical Eucharistic symbol, and they also remind of the wide agricultural areas of Montana, rich with wheat fields, while the green underlines the color of the trees and pastures of this area.
The star symbolizes the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Celestial Mother, who lights the way of the Bishop.
In the point of the shield, we find three “chevronels” green (Vert); they recall the Rocky Mountains of the State of Montana.
Gold (Or), is the first among noble metals, it symbolizes the first virtue, faith.
the blue (Azure) color symbolizes separation from worldly values and the ascent of the soul toward God, therefore the run of the Celestial Virtues which raise themselves from the things of the earth toward heaven.
In accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s heraldic tradition, the Coat of Arms of a Bishop is normally composed of:
- A shield with its charges(symbols) representing family, geographic, religious and historical meanings and/or referred to the name of the Bishop;
- A golden processional cross, with one traversal bar, to represent the rank of the Bishop, “impaled” behind the shield;
- A green hat (galero) with 12 attached tassels, graded 1; 2; 3; from the top;
- A scroll with the motto, printed in black, located beneath the shield.
Bishop Fleming has chosen a gothic shape shield, frequently used in Roman Catholic Church heraldry and a processional botonny cross with five red stones to represent the Five Wounds of Christ.