Patrick Joseph McGrath

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PATRICK JOSEPH MCGRATH

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

Origin/meaning

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