For his personal arms, Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre chose a design that recalls significant influences in his life and ordained ministry.
The shield is blue and charged with a gold chevron, itself charged with three red fleur-de-lis. The chevron is a variant of the carpenter’s square and thus honors Saint Joseph, adoptive father of Jesus and baptismal patron of the archbishop. St. Joseph is also the holder of the seminary college that Archbishop Fabre attended in St. Benedict, Louisiana.
The three fleur-de-lis recall the Most Holy Trinity: placed in the center of the shield, they remind us that God must be at the center of the life of every believer.
Above the chevron is a silver crescent surrounded by twelve silver stars. This arrangement, taken from the book of Revelation where a woman is described as “having the moon at her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rev 12:1), is a traditional depiction of the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Immaculate Conception.
This pays particular honor to Mary, mother of all priests and patroness of the American College of the Immaculate Conception at the Catholic University of Louvain in Louvain, Belgium, where Bishop Fabre completed his studies for the priesthood. Below the chevron is a flaming gold heart pierced by two silver arrows, a classic symbol of Saint Augustine (354-430), one of the first African bishops and theologians. It recalls the legacy of Archbishop Fabre and also honors the legacy of deep faith of all African American Catholics, as well as the Archbishop’s beloved parish of St. Augustine in his hometown of New Roads. , The.
Msgr. Fabre chose as his motto a phrase from the prophet Isaiah which has been one of his favorites since his priestly ordination in 1989: “Comfort my people” (Is 40, 1). It not only expresses Bishop Fabre’s goal for his ministry, but also the reality of God’s will for humanity: divine consolation and permanent peace in all.
Courtesy of the Diocese of Houma Thibodaux.