Charles Joseph Chaput

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Born : September 26, 1944
Deceased :

Bishop of Rapid City, 1988–1997
Archbishop of Denver, 1997–2011
Archbishop of Philadelphia, 2011,-

Arms of Charles Joseph Chaput

Archbishop of Denver
Arms of Charles Joseph Chaput

Archbishop of Philadelphia

Official blazon

  • (personal arms) Azure, upon a feather erect Or, issuant from dexter and sinister two hands clasped Argent; issuant from a barlet, at the honour point, of the second two arms in saltair of the third, the one toward sinister garbed of the same and each hand pierced of the field, both upon a Tau of the second.


As common in US episcopal heraldry, the arms show the arms of the (arch)diocese impaled with the personal arms of the bishop.

The blue field is taken from the Royal Arms of France, and it is employed to signify the Archbishop's direct heritage to Louis IX, sainted King of France. The golden feather honours the importance of the Native American heritage (Potawatomi Tribe) of the Archbishop's mother, Marian DeMarais Chaput. The two silver clasped hands, are taken from a Chaput family device. By the use of these hands, the international sign of peace and greeting, His Excellency not only honors the heritage of his father, Joseph, but he also brings the greetings of Christ's Peace to all mankind.

The small bar signifies the Republican River, at the place of the Archbishop's birth, Concordia; Kansas. Coming forth from this bart are the gold Tau Cross and the silver crossed arms, with pierced hands of Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi. This is the classic symbol to represent the Capuchin Franciscans, the Archbishop's religious order.

The motto is the phrase "AS CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH." This phrase is taken from St. Paul's Epistle to the'Ephesians (5:25). By the use of this phrase, Archbishop Chaput expresses the same sentiment for himself that St. Paul attributed to Christ. Each of them so loves the Church that he will give himself completely for her.

The achievement is completed with the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of (arch)bishop by instruction of the Holy See, of March 1969, confirmed in March 2001.

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