Our Particular Church

Archdiocese of Ozamiz

Coat of Arms

 

 

Explanation

A. On the Dexter Side (left of the viewer): The Arms of the See (the Seat of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction)

There is a single field. The background consists of two colors: green and light blue, criscrossed by a rugged line. This suggests the territory of the See in two ways. First its most prominent feature is the mountain range which soars up into the sky. Secondly, it is a land surrounded towards the north and the east by the sea.

The See comprises the civil province of Misamis Occidental. Its territory is mostly the twin peaks of Mt. Malindang and Mt. Ampiro, at the feet of which to the north and to the east the people live in the different municipalities and component cities. All of this is surrounded by the Murcillagos, Iligan and Panguil Bays. Both the land and the sea provide for the needs of most of the people.

In the foreground are two symbols dear to the Christian people of the area: the Letter M under the Cross, and the Lighthouse of the Fort. The settlement of Misamis was converted to Christianity and to protect them from the enemies of the time, the Spanish authorities constructed by the sea the Fort, simply named the Cotta, with its lighthouse to stand guard over the people.

The letter M and the Cross suggests the patron saint of the settlement: Our Lady of the Triumph of the Cross. Her image was placed in the Cotta by the Spanish authorities in 1756. When Misamis was made a parish the authorities chose as its parish patron saint Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. But the settlement continues to have Nuestra Seńora del Triunfo de la Cruz as its patron.

When the territory was made a diocese on February 24, 1971, the original settlement of Misamis, now renamed Ozamiz, was made the seat of the bishop. It was elevated into an archdiocese, symbolized by the ten tassels at each side of the Coat of Arms, on January 24, 1983.

B. On the Sinister Side (right of the viewer): the Arms of the Archbishop (Most Rev. Jesús Armamento Dosado, C.M., D.D.)

There are two fields. The top field of blue has three symbols: the heart, the shell and little black and white dots. The Archbishop was born part of a boy-girl twin on a first Friday; their devout mother named them after the Sacred Heart (hence, Corazón) of Jesus (hence, Jesús); this fact is symbolized by the emblem. The shell is a heraldic symbol of St. James the Apostle, the patron saint of the parish of birth of the Archbishop. The little white and black dots refer to the name of the Archbishop= s town of birth A Sogod@ , meaning, the A Beginning@ . The town is named Sogod because of the geological fact that the white and black beaches of the province of Cebu starts from there.

The bottom field of green has a symbol of two hands in a gesture of sowing seeds on a plowed field. This is a visual translation of the characteristic picture of Christ the Evangelizer of the Poor used by the Congregation of the Mission of the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers, of which the Archbishop is a member. Christ is the Evangelizer (symbolized by the hands) as well as the Message (symbolized by the little cross being sown).

C. Motto: Evangelizare Pauperibus: To evangelize the Poor

The Motto is taken from the Motto of the Vincentians, which itself is taken from Luke 4,18: A Evangelizare Pauperibus Misit Me@ , A He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor.@ This motto also describes very well the personal commitment of the Archbishop who himself is a member of the Vincentian Community. It also expresses the comprehensive thrust of the Archdiocese: Solidarity with the Poor in the Creation/Formation of Basic Ecclesial Communities.

Sulat sa Nunciature

Our Jubilee

Balik Misamis

Church (Archdiocese) of Ozamis

The Being Church of the Archdiocese of Ozamis in her Journey in the Third Millennium

The Archdiocese of Ozamis

Description

History (Cebuano)

History (English)

Components

PASTORAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION OF THE DIOCESE

IDENTIFICATION AND GENERAL RELIGIOUS SITUATION OF THE DIOCESE THE MINISTRY OF THE DIOCESAN BISHOP LITURGICAL AND SACRAMENTAL LIFE

CATHOLIC EDUCATION

CATECHESIS

THE CLERGY

INSTITUTES OF CONSECRATED LIFE AND SOCIETIES OF APOSTOLIC LIFE

MISSIONARY COOPERATION 

THE LAITY

ECUMENISM

OTHER RELIGIONS

PASTORAL CARE OF THE FAMILY

EVANGELIZATION OF CULTURE

SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE SOCIAL TEACHING OF THE CHURCH

CHRISTIAN CHARITY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

HEALTH CARE

PASTORAL CARE OF MIGRANTS AND ITINERANTS

ARTISTIC AND HISTORICAL PATRIMONY OF THE CHURCH

FINANCIAL STATE OF THE DIOCESE

GENERAL ASSESSMENT AND OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE

Our  Seminary

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