Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith

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DIOCESE OF MACKENZIE-FORT SMITH (Dioecesis Mackenziensis–Arcis Smith)

Country : Canada
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1862 as Apostolic Vicariate of Athabaska Mackenzie
Split 1901 in Apostolic Vicariate of Athabaska and Apostolic Vicariate of Mackenzie
Elevated 1967 to Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith

Official blazon


The sun symboles Christ the Saviour of the world, the light of the world. The red rays signify the intensity of His love for His people. The three figures eprresent the three basic races of the north: Dene - Inuit and White.

The book, bread and cup are symbols of Christian Unity.

The whole design is surmounted by a cross, the symbol of salvation. Inside the cross is a star, representing Mary, the mother of Jesus and the patron saint of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the religious order of Bishop Denis Croteau. The star is also the Northern Star.

Arms of Apostolic Vicars

Arms of Co-adjutor Apostolic Vicars

Arms of Bishops

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Literature : http://www.rcdiocese.yk.com/history%20Crest.htm