Dennis Joseph Sullivan

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Born : March 17, 1945
Deceased :

Auxiliary Bishop New York, 2004-2013; titular bishop of Enera
Bishop of Camden, 2013,-

Arms of Dennis Joseph Sullivan

Auxiliary Bishop of New York
Arms of Dennis Joseph Sullivan

Bishop of Camden

Official blazon

Arms impaled. Dexter: Sable, three Latin crosses bottony Or, debruised at base with as many elephants' heads erased Argent; in chief a crescent of the last. Sinister: Azure, upon a saltire Gules fimbriated Argent, a windmill of the last charged with two swords in saltire Or; within the quarters to chief The Holy Spirit at flight Proper, to dexter a trefoil Vert fimbriated Or, to sinister a tower or the last and to base a chalice of the last beneath a broken host of the third.


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

For his personal arms Bishop Sullivan, has retained the design that was adopted at the time of his selection to receive the fullness of Sacred Orders as he became Auxiliary Bishop of New York.

The field of Bishop's design is blue to honor our Most Holy Mother, Mary. Upon the field is placed a red saltire that is outlined in silver and which is charged with a silver windmill. The red saltire on a silver field is known as a "Cross of Saint Patrick," to honor the titular of the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of New York and the saltire is charged with a silver windmill recalling the earliest heritage of the area that New York was originally known as New Amsterdam.

Overall, at the center of the design are two golden swords also per saltire, to represent that the dominant charges in the Sullivan and Hayes family designs is a sword and that by using these charges, the bishopy honors the heritage that has come to him from his parents, John J. and Hanorah (Hayes) Sullivan.

In the quarters of the design that are formed by the saltire, to chief is a representation of the Holy Spirit, taken from the arms of His Excellency's ordaining prelate, His Eminence Cardinal Egan, to signify that in ministry all is done under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

To the left of the design is a green shamrock., outlined in gold, to honor Bishop Sullivan's Irish heritage, and to the right is a golden tower to honor the Bishop's particular patron, Saint Teresa of Avila.

In base is a golden chalice with a broken silver host above. This representation is the central mystery of Catholicism, the Most Holy Eucharist, joins with His Excellency's motto, "In the Breaking of the Bread," taken from Saint Luke's account of the disciples meeting Jesus on the road to and at Emmaus, represents that it is in communion with one another and with our Divine Lord, that all faith and all faith-based actions find their meaning and purpose.

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 by Deacon Paul J. Sullivan at, 2013