Julian C. Porteous - Biography - Crest

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Archbishop Julian Porteous CrestMost Rev Julian Porteous BTheol DD

When Most Rev Julian Porteous was appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney and titular Bishop of Urusi in July 2003, in the tradition of the Church, he adopted personal arms. These arms have been redesigned for his use as Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Hobart. Those arms comprise a number of emblems significant to him.

Coat of Arms:

These are displayed with the arms of the Archdiocese on one shield with a vertical division line to show his union with the Archdiocese.

The personal arms are divided horizontally. The upper half is charged with a representation of the Holy Spirit derived from the Bernini designed window above the Altar in St. Peter’s Basilica. The lower half is charged with the Book of the Word with the letters alpha and omega in red.

The Archbishop’s personal arms are accompanied with the arms of the Archdiocese which have been in use since their adoption by Archbishop William Barry in 1937 and remain unchanged but have been re-rendered. They are blazoned with the silver initial “M” on a blue field. The “M” is the initial letter of the name of the Virgin Mother of God which is surmounted by the gold celestial crown of the Queen of Heaven. 

Behind the arms is the gold processional cross of an Archbishop with its double traverse. The shield is surmounted by the green galero (Roman hat) with ten fiocchi (tassels) appropriate to an Archbishop.

The Archbishop’s personal arms were designed by Fr Guy Selvester and Richard d’Apice AM KCSG, President of The Australian Heraldry Society, and the full achievement of arms has been illustrated by Sandy Turnbull also of the Australian Heraldry Society.

Motto: Gratia et Veritas (Grace and Truth).

St John describes the Lord as bringing “grace and truth” (John 1:17). Grace is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing about the grace of conversion and the nurturing of faith. Truth is also the gift of the “Spirit of Truth” (John 14:17) who enlightens the mind. The Holy Spirit is the agent of the work of God in us – bringing us to faith and then transforming our minds and leading us “into all truth” (John 16:13).