Archdiocese of Seattle

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ARCHDIOCESE OF SEATTLE (Archidioecesis Seattlensis)

Country : United States
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1850 as the Diocese of Nesqually
Addition : 1853 Diocese of Walla Walla
Renamed 1907 as the Diocese of Seattle
Promoted to Archdiocese in 1951

Arms (crest) of Archdiocese of Seattle

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The arms are based on a variation of the family device of George Washington, the namesake of the State of Washington and location of the See city. The Washington family device consists of a silver field with two red bars and three mullets in chief, also in red. The three red mullets on the shield are replaced by three large crosses representing St. James the Greater, patron of the diocesan cathedral. The crosses are red in color symbolizing the martyrdom St. James underwent. The towering pyramid in the middle of the shield highlights Mount Rainier as a focal point and prominent landmark in the physical topography of the diocese.

Arms of Bishops of Nesqually

Arms of Bishops of Seattle

Arms of Archbishops of Seattle

Arms of Auxiliary Bishops

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