Michael Patrick Driscoll

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Born : August 8, 1939
Deceased : October 24, 2017

Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, 1990–1999
Bishop of Boise, 1999–2014

Arms of Michael Patrick Driscoll

Auxiliary Bishop of Orange
Arms of Michael Patrick Driscoll

Bishop of Boise

Official blazon

Argent, at the nombril point a sailing ship at anchor Sable; in chief two pairs of wings, Orange.


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

These arms are composed of a silver field on which is seen a sailing ship at anchor in black. This is the basic representation of a Driscoll family arms (not related to the bishop though) and it is used by the bishop to honor the Irish heritage that has come to him from his parents Edmund and Bernardine (Jarding) Driscoll.

In addition to the ship there are two pairs of orange wings. One pair of wings is to honor the bishop's particular and baptismal patron, St. Michael the Archangel. The other set of wings is to honor the Virgin Mary in her title of Queen of the Angels, patroness of the Archdiocese and City of Los Angeles. This symbolism is used to reflect that Bishop Driscoll was originally a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles until 1976, when the Diocese of Orange was created from territory taken from Los Angeles, and he was transferred to the new diocese. Both pairs of wings are in orange to reflect that Bishop Driscoll was a priest and bishop in the Diocese of Orange since its founding.

Because of Bishoe Driscoll's long-standing involvement with Catholic Charities, he uses as his episcopal motto, 'Caritas Christi," which is Latin for "Love of Christ." By using this phrase, Bishop Driscoll expresses the deep belief that all that we do, we must do for the "Love of Christ" and for the love of his people, especially the disadvantaged -the least of our brothers and sisters.

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Literature : Diocese of Boise