Diocese of Albany

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DIOCESE OF ALBANY (Dioecesis Albanensis)

Country : United States
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1847

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Albany

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The beaver is taken from the coat of arms of the City of Albany. Albany was originally called Beverwyck, (Dutch for "Beaver Town") because the city was the exchange point of the inland fur trade. This symbol dates back to the 17th century.

The beaver grasps a pastoral staff, or crosier, to represent the rank of bishop. The crescent moon symbolizes the Blessed Virgin, who, under the title of the immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the Diocese. The lunar symbol is derived from the Apocalypse (Rev 12:1): "And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet.

Arms of Bishops

Arms of Auxiliary Bishops

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