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You are cordially invited to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Ordination of The Most Reverend Bernard F. Popp – Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7:00pm Mass

February 8, 2013

BishopPopp Official Photo 19xx

You are cordially invited to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Ordination of  The Most Reverend Bernard F. Popp, Auxiliary Bishop (Emeritus), Archdiocese of San Antonio, to be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7:00pm Mass at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church.   Reception to follow in the parish hall.

Come  join us as we celebrate one of the eldest, most beloved bishops of Texas!  All are welcome! 


Thursday, February 21, 2013 —  7:00pm  Holy Mass

Main Celebrant:  The Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio

St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, 102 Lorenz Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209    Map and Directions…

Reception to follow after the Mass at St. Anthony Parish Hall. 

Help create the 70th Jubilee Album & More :  If you have a special story, photos or other remembrances that you would like to be included in the album or slide show we are compiling, please send a copy, (your originals will NOT be returned to you), in one of these three ways:

1)  Hard Copies USPS Mail to:   E.A.S.A., Attn: Mary T. Corcoran, P.O. Box 691006, San Antonio, Texas  78269-1006

2)  Scan & Email (jpg):

3)  Social Media:     Facebook Fan Page for Bishop Popp

You can also send a private, personal greeting to Bishop Popp via USPS Mail at:

BishopPoppCoatOfArmsThe Most Rev. Bernard F. Popp

Padua Place

80 Peter Baque Rd.

San Antonio, TX   78209

We would love to hear from you. EASA Retreat


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.