Michael John Sheridan

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Born : March 4, 1945
Deceased :

Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis, 1997–2001
Bishop of Colorado Springs, 2003 – present

Arms of Michael John Sheridan

Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis
Arms of Michael John Sheridan

Bishop of Colorado Springs

Official blazon

  • (personal arms) Per pale Vert and Or, a cross fleuretty above two lion rampant combatant all counterchanged; overall at the nombril point, a sword, blade to base, Argent.


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

The arms are based on the arms of two families with the same name as his parents John and Bernice Moore Sheridan. Both these have a lion, one green in gold, the other gold in green. These two arms are combined with a silver sword, the symbol of St. Michael, the warrior, and the Bishop's baptismal patron. This is all placed under a cross fleuretty, which is taken from the arms of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, who uses this symbol to honor St. Louis, King of France, titular of the See city.

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Literature : http://www.diocesecs.org/CPC/Corner/coatofarms.cfm (2004)