Coat of Arms - Catholic Church of Montreal

Coat of Arms of Bishop Faubert

Armoiries de Mgr Alain Faubert

A heart surmounted by a cross is the symbol of the "Jesus Caritas" fraternities. Rooted in the spirituality of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, Bishop Faubert has been a fraternity member since his seminary days. The "life of Nazareth," the preferential option for the poor, contemplation in action, and following in the footsteps of Christ and Brother Charles: all are defining elements of his personal spirituality and his pastoral approach.

The "M" crowned with stars symbolizes the Virgin Mary and the Marists. It represents Bishop Faubert's attachment to the Marist movement and the spirituality of its founder, St. Marcellin Champagnat. The three violets below it denote the "little virtues" that Marcellin espoused: humility, simplicity and modesty.

The "celestial" blue stream that flows from the cross is a symbol of Baptism, the source of everything. It also represents the Petite-Nation River, which runs through the Fauberts' ancestral region in the Outaouais. The river gives shape to a mountain, the village of Montpellier. The anvil depicts the blacksmith trade, which Florimond, Bishop Faubert's grandfather, practiced there.

The colours of the coat of arms are emblematic of the three theological virtues: azure (Faith), green (Hope), gold and red (Divine Glory, through Love and the Cross).

The seashell signifies the Camino of Santiago, on which Bishop Faubert journeyed as a pilgrim and as a brother to all seeking God.

Bishop Faubert's motto, "Son amour s'étend d'âge en âge "(His love extends from generation to generation), is drawn from the Magnificat (Lk 1: 50), which Mary sang when visiting her cousin Elizabeth (The Visitation). It encapsulates the heart of the Gospel: the Lord's invincible love. Contemplating and welcoming this love must remain the first priority throughout our lives. The Greek text and the Latin translation of the first words of the motto draw attention to the nature of the Lord's faithful love: it is merciful. This recalls the Jubilee Year of Mercy, during which Bishop Faubert received his episcopal ordination. Greek and Latin also call to mind our scriptural roots and the universality of the faith.

Finally, the green six-tasselled ecclesiastical hat and the gold Latin cross are the traditional symbols of episcopal ministry.