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Bernard F. Popp, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop (Emeritus), San Antonio, Texas – Coat of Arms

February 6, 2013

Most Rev. Bernard F. Popp, Auxiliary Emeritus, San Antonio, TexasBishopPopp Official Photo 19xx

Explanation of The Coat of Arms of  Most Reverend Bernard F. Popp, D.D. – Auxiliary Bishop (EMERITUS) of San Antonio:
The coat of arms of Bishop Bernard F. Popp symbolizes his family origins, his priestly vocation, and his devotion to the service of the people. In heraldic language, the shield reads as follows:

Gules, in chief a sheaf of wheat fold, a fesse wavy silver, in base vert dexter a star silver, sinister a lion rampant gold tongued gules.

The red (gules) background at the top (chief) of the shield displays a sheaf of wheat in gold; in this, the most honorable point of the shield, Bishop Popp proclaims his desire to be of service to the people, especially to the poor and those in need.

Red is the color of love, sacrifice, and zeal, while the sheaf of wheat stands for fertility, growth and harvest. Wheat associated with bread is a symbol of gift and giving, as well as fellowship, as in the breaking of bread together. A traditional symbol of the Eucharist, wheat here recalls Jesus present in the bread and points to Bishop Popp’s commitment of bringing Jesus to the people as their spiritual food.

The horizontal band of silver (gesse wavy) that divides the shield is a symbol of the city of San Antonio with the river winding through; it names the place of Bishop Popp’s priestly service in the parishes in the city, including St. Agnes, St. Joseph’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Mary Madgalen’s as founding pastor of Holy Spirit parish, and at St. Paul’s.

The green (vert) field at the bottom of the shield stands for the birtue of hope and names the town of Nada, the birthplace and hometown of the Bishop. The name Nada in Czech means “hope.” The town of Nada has truly been a green and fertile field for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Bishop Popp is numbered among the thirteen priests and more than fifty religious who have come from Nada.

The silver star on the bearer’s right of the shield (dexter) is the Lone Star of Texas, a symbol incorporated by many Texas Bishops in their coats of arms. The star stands for illumination, leadership and holiness.

The gold lion, crowned wand standing upright (rampant) on the left (sinister) side, is taken from the crest of St. Ferdinand, King of Spain, after whom the San Fernando Cathedral is named.

The lion is a traditional symbol of strength, courage and generosity, and here, in connection with the Cathedral, refers to the important part the Cathedral has played in the ministry of the Bishop: the place where he was ordained a priest, and now, a bishop, the church where he served as pastor and rector, the center of his various ministries to those in jail, the homeless, the sick and elderly. The Bishop’s middle name is Ferdinand, placing him under the special patronage of the saint.

To complete the achievement of arms in place of the usual crown, an Episcopal hat in green and for the mantling, the double six-tassles of a bishop.

A Tau cross in gold forms the hilt of the sword behind the shield. The Tau cross is the cross of St. Anthony, taken from the shield of the Archdiocese of San Antonio; it is a reminder of Bishop Popp’s origins and place of service as priest and Bishop.

The motto, “To God in Love” appears at the base of the achievement and expresses Bishop Popp’s desire to bring the people under his care “to God, in an active way, in love.”

The coat of arms was designed by Sr. Mary Peter Tremonte, O.P. with heraldic notes by Sr. JoAnn Niehaus, O.P., both of San Antonio.