The Coat of Arms of
For his personal arms, His Excellency, Bishop Maginnis has selected a design that reflects his heritage and his life as a priest and now as a bishop.
The background of the shield, known as the field, is blue and on this field are placed a silver hand, to signify service, and a silver fleur-de-lis, to honor the Blessed Mother. Up the center of the field is a black road, outlined in silver, to make it stand out from the blue background field.
The black pale is use to signify the “Road to Emmaus” and is the first clear proof of how the disciples found Christ, mainly in the Breaking of the Bread. On this road, are a host (silver charged with a red cross) and an open book, (silver edged in gold and charged with a red alpha and omega.)
The Bishop’s Motto, “ STAY WITH US, LORD,” is taken from the Emmaus story in Luke’s Gospel, (Luke 24:29) and is used to signify the twenty one years that Bishop Maginnis has spent in youth ministry. The motto expresses the goal and the aim of all young people and of the Bishop, that the Lord, in His Grace, and His Love, in His Word and in His Sacraments will stay with us all our lives.
This device is completed with the external ornaments which are a gold processional cross, which is placed in back of the shield and which extends above and below the shield, and a pontifical hat, called a "gallero," with its six tassels, in three rows, on either side of the shield, all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop by instruction of the Holy See of March 31, 1969.