Diocese of Orlando
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DIOCESE OF ORLANDO (Dioecesis Orlandensis)
Established : 1968
- (old) Gules a P with a cross bar or, in the first quarter a shell argent and in the fourth quarter an orange blossom argent and green; on a chief argent, a fleur de lis azure.
- (current) Gules, a real Chi-Rho symbol in gold; in chief a shell or and an orange blossom flower argent and green; on a chief argent a fleur de lis azure.
The main colors red and gold recall the colors of the flag of Spain, for it was missionaries from that country who first brought the Gospel to Florida. The Chi-Rho symbolizes Chrsit the Son of God and centre of all Christian faith.
The shell stand for the Apostle Saint-James the Greater, patron of the cathedral. The orange blossom indicates the the nine counties of the diocese are centered around Orange County.
The blue fleur de lis on argent stand for the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God, patron of the diocese of Orlando.
Arms of Bishops
William Donald Borders (1968-1974)
Thomas Joseph Grady (1974-1989)
Norbert Dorsey (1990-2004)
Thomas Gerard Wenski (2004-2010)
John Gerard Noonan (2010-present)
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