Diocese of Portland

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DIOCESE OF PORTLAND (Dioecesis Portlandensis)

Country : United States
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1853

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Portland

Official blazon

Azure, semée of pine cones, a cross moline argent.


The ´semeé of golden pine cones´ is a variation of the Royal French arms, where the fleur-the-lys were replaced by pine cones to signify that Maine is the ´Pine State´. It was under a warrant of the French King that the first settlements were attempted in what is now Maine by the DeMonts who founded a small colony on Saint Croix Island in the Saint Croix River in 1604.

The silver cross moline on blue is taken from the Dukes of Portland.

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Literature : diocesan website