Diocese of Tulsa
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DIOCESE OF TULSA (Dioecesis Tulsensis)
Established : 1972
The arms consist of a red background represents the Choctaw word “okla” (people) and “homma” (red) meaning red people and is the source of our state’s name, Oklahoma. The five arrows inside a silver “shakefork” represent the Five Civilized Nations – the Cherokee, the Creek, the Seminole, the Chickasaw and the Choctaw nations – who were relocated from their homeland in the southeastern U.S. to Oklahoma Territory.
The arrows point downward as a sign of peace and are meant to honor the advancements tribal governments, education and the arts made by the nations.
The Y-shaped “shakefork” is a variation of the Cross and signifies the three persons of the Holy Family to whom thr Holy Family Cathedral is dedicated.
The green drops on a silver background on the bordure represent oil, a natural resource that has played a major, very significant role in the history of Tulsa.
Arms of Bishops
Bernard James Ganter (1972-1977)
Eusebius Joseph Beltran (1978-1992)
Edward James Slattery (1993-2016)
David Austin Konderla (2016-present)
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