Patrick Joseph McGrath

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Born : June 11, 1945
Deceased :

Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, 1988-1999; Titular bishop of Allegheny
Bishop of San Jose in California, 1999-2019

Arms of Patrick Joseph McGrath

Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco
Arms of Patrick Joseph McGrath

Bishop of San Jose in California

Official blazon


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

Th arms reflects a design that tells the history and heritage of his life and family - his roots in Ireland, his call to the priesthood and to the episcopacy; his studies in Ireland and Rome; and the French heritage of his mother.

His Episcopal motto, "Together in Christ," expresses the main theme of the 12th chapter, of St. Paul's first Epistle to the Corinthians - that all people, regardless of race or ethnic origin, are brothers and sisters in the work of humankind and of salvation.

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 : explanation on the diocesan web, 2011