It is tradition for every bishop to have his own coat of arms and motto.
Similar to many bishops' coats of arms, Bishop Peter J. Jugis' coat of arms is composed of the shield with its charges, motto and external armaments. But the details of the design and the motto have special significance to Bishop Jugis.
"Bishop Jugis impales his personal heraldic device onto the arms of this diocese to represent his governance of the people of God in the church of Charlotte," explained Father James Parker, a priest of the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., who designed the coat of arms.
Father Parker is a heraldic designer who has devised arms for cardinals, other members of the hierarchy and various church institutions. He is a member of the Heraldry Society of England, Scotland, Canada and the American Society of Heraldry.
The coat of arms' artwork is by Father Larry Lossing, a priest of the Diocese of Orlando, Fla., and a professional artist.