Diocese of Orange
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DIOCESE OF ORANGE (Dioecesis Arausicanae in California)
Established : 1976
The arms show a canting orange tree for Orange County and the diocese. The tre eis placed on a black hill, symbolising the Saddleback Mountain in the diocese. The waves symbolise the Pacific Ocean.
The arched chief refer to the oldest church in the diocese in San Juan Capistrano. The chief symbolises the patron of the diocese, Our Lady of Gaudeloupe.
The arms prior to 2012:
These arms show basically the same symbolism, but in a less clear and heraldic way.
Arms of bishops
William Robert Johnson (1976-1986)
Norman Francis McFarland (1986-1998)
Tod David Brown (1998-2012)
Kevin William Vann (2012-present)
Arms of auxiliary bishops
John Thomas Steinbock (1984-1987)
Michael Patrick Driscoll (1989-1999)
Jaime Soto (2000-2007)
Dominic Mai Thanh Lương (2003-2015)
Cirilo Flores (2009-2012),
Timothy Edward Freyer (2017-present)
Thanh Thai Nguyen (2017-present)