Diocese of Arlington
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DIOCESE OF ARLINGTON (Dioecesis Arlingtonensis)
Established : 1974
Azure on a fess engrailed Argent a bar Gules in chief a mullet encircled by ten lessor mullets in base a crescent Argent.
Red, white and blue are meant here as the colors of the Stars and Stripes, the national flag of the USA. They are to reflect the extreme proximity of the Arlington to the nations capital and the close connection of Arlington and its people to the government of the USA.
The engrailed edges come from the arms of Saint-Thomas More, patron saint of the Cathedral Church of Arlington.
Above and below the bar are a silver star and a silver crescent, both symbols of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Patroness of the diocese and of the United States. The star above the bar is encircled by 10 smaller stars to represent Virginia which was the 10th State admitted to the Union.
Arms of Bishops
Thomas Jerome Welsh (1974-1983)
John Richard Keating (1983-1998)
Paul Stephen Loverde (1999-2016)
Michael Francis Burbidge (2016-present)
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