Earl Alfred Boyea

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Born : April 10, 1951
Deceased :

Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, 2002-2008
Bishop of Lansing, 2008–present

Arms of Earl Alfred Boyea

Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
Arms of Earl Alfred Boyea

Bishop of Lansing

Official blazon


As common in US episcopal heraldry, the arms show the arms of the diocese impaled with the personal arms of the bishop.

His personal arms are based on the image of the arms of Pope John Paul II, for whom the bishop has great respect and admiration and the greatest of thanks for having given him the honor to serve the Church in the ministry of bishop.

Similar to the Holy Father's arms, Bishop Boyea's device contains a cross which is eschewed to the upper left. The wood of the cross also figures as a reminder of the bishop's family name, Boyea, a woodsman. The color of the cross is black, the same as the color of the cross on the shield of the Archdiocese of Detroit. This black cross forms four quadrants that alternate gold and silver, in the same manner as the quadrants of the Pontifical College Josephinum, which are also the colors of the flag of the Holy See.

Issuant from what would seem to be the heart of the cross are two wavy bars that are blue and red. The site of the issuance is a reminder of the bishop's long association with Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. These bars signify that, while on the cross, Christ poured out for us the living waters of salvation co-mingled with the blood of our redemption, for when the soldier pierced His side with the lance immediately there flowed forth water and blood. This has long signified the sacramental life of the Church, the means of salvation for all peoples. Every deacon, priest, and bishop is dedicated to the service of God's Holy People by the faithful celebration of the sacramental life and the bishop particularly is responsible for that sacramental life.

The motto is taken from the portion of St. Luke's Gospel (23:46) that gives us some of the final words of Jesus on the cross, expresses the belief of all Christians that is "INTO YOUR HANDS" Lord that we must entrust our lives if we are to succeed in this life and attain life in the next.

The achievement is completed with the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop by instruction of the Holy See, of March 1969, confirmed in March 2001.

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Literature : information from Deacon Paul J. Sullivan