Bishop Joseph M. Gilmore : First Native Bishop of Helena
A bishop must have a Coat of Arms by which he can be identified and distinguish within the religious community. This plaque of Bishop Gilmore's Coat of Arms was found in a chapel at Carroll College and brought to the Archives by Msgr Joseph Harrington. It is a thin piece of wood in the shape of a shield with dimensions: 8"x10.5"x0.25." One side is painted with Bishop Gilmore's Coat of Arms, with his motto, Quaerite Regnum Dei ("See ye the kingdom of God"), written across the bottom. Written in pencil on the back is "Bishop J.M. Gilmore." On the left side of the shield is the Diocesan Coat of Arms, and on the right is Bishop Gilmore's family Coat of Arms. The right side is painted in blue and white, the colors of Our Lady, and the shamrocks recall his Irish heritage.
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Bp Gilmore's Coat of ArmsBp Gilmore's Coat of Arms