Joseph Anthony Galante

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Born : July 2, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,, USA
Deceased :

Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio, 1992-1994
Bishop of Beaumont, 1994-1999
Coadjutor Bishop of Dallas, 1999-2004
Bishop of Camden, 2004-2013

Arms of Joseph Anthony Galante

Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio/Coadjutor Bishop of Dallas
Arms of Joseph Anthony Galante

Bishop of Beaumont
Arms of Joseph Anthony Galante

Bishop of Camden

Official blazon

  • (personal arms) Azure, at the honor point a Latin cross Argent, interlaced at the center a roundel Or, at the nombril point a carpenter's square of the last, to dexter the crossed keys of St. Peter, Proper, and to sinister a star of the second.


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

The field is blue; this color is used to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of us all. The silver cross with a gold ring interlaced with the arms of the cross is a special symbol to signify the Bishop's service to consecrated life (religious life, secular institutes) for nearly twenty-four years. The gold ring signifies the band that is worn by those in consecrated life which is used to signify that they are committed to Christ by profession of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. That ring is intertwined around the cross to recall the admonition that all of us, and consecrated persons in particular, are called to take up our cross and carry it daily in the following of Christ.

In base is a gold carpenter's square to honor His Excellency's baptism patron, St. Joseph.

The crossed keys of St. Peter signify the Bishop's service to the Holy See and to the Holy Father, in Rome, as Undersecretary in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. On the other side of the shield is a silver star taken from the arms of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Bishop Galante's home diocese, but here it is also used to signify Texas, and especially San Antonio, where His Excellency was called to serve in the fullness of Christ's most holy priesthood as bishop.

For the motto Bishop Galante has selected the phrase "HAVE THE MIND OF JESUS." This phrase is a brief variation but which carries the same meaning as the 5th verse of the 2nd Chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, which reads: "In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus." By the use of this phrase His Excellency, Bishop Galante expresses his firm belief that each of us, as followers of Jesus Christ must have our minds, our attitudes and our lives totally in conformity with the life and teachings and person of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Literature : Information from the Dallas diocese