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Welcoming a new bishop

Bishop Mark Hagemoen's Coat of Arms


The Golden Sun and Earth depicted at the top and bottom of the Coat of Arms recalls the vision and hope of “... a new heaven and a new earth” (cf Rev. 21:1). The golden sun, a prominent feature of the prairie sky, also recalls Lumen Gentium — Jesus Christ, the light to all the nations: from Luke 1: 78-79 — “... the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Eight gold rays represent the Beatitudes. This feature also links to Bishop Hagemoen’s appointment under the papacy of Pope Francis, who augmented his papal motto by adding an eight-pointed star.

Line with Two Peaked Angles — refers to Bishop Hagemoen’s birthplace in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and his love of hiking in the Coastal Mountains — specifically in the areas of the twin peaks known as The Lions.

Mountains form an “M” for Mary — signifies Mary, the Mother of God and Star of the New Evangelization, and the Marian dimension of the church and a bishop’s spirituality.

Winged Lion with the Scriptures — is a reference to Bishop Hagemoen’s first name, as this image represents St. Mark the Evangelist. The lion faces east toward the rising sun.

Sword — the traditional symbol of St. Paul, who is the patron of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. The sword also recalls the responsibility to proclaim God’s Word in all things to God’s people (see Heb. 4:12).

Wheat Sheafs — six in all, for the six days of creation — are golden as at harvest time, and represent the Saskatchewan Prairies under vast skies. Jesus speaks of his own life and mission in terms of the grain of wheat which falls to the ground and dies, and bears much fruit (cf John 12:24). Wheat is also a symbol of the eucharist: the Lord invites God’s hungry people to receive his life-giving presence and to be transformed in the One Who is true food (cf John 6:55) as we receive and share his life for all.

Wavy Blue Lines — represents the Saskatchewan River — derived from the Cree work “kisiskaciwanisipay” meaning “swift-flowing river.” This river system was a key geographical link for the indigenous prairie people, and is one of the longest rivers in Canada. This also represents the journey of God’s people through this earthly life to our kingdom home.

Motto: PAX, SERVITUS, SPEX means “Peace, Service, Hope” — The meaning is trinitarian: The Father is the author of all creation, who restores all to a peace of harmonious wholeness and life; the Son, Jesus Christ — King and Lord of all — is the incarnate ultimate servant, who gives his life for God’s people; the Holy Spirit is God’s active presence in today’s world directing to renewed hope by the way of reconciliation, healing, and ongoing conversion

Hat with Six Tassels on the sides is emblematic of the episcopal office, and is present on every Roman Catholic Bishop’s coat of arms.

Processional Cross backdrop of a Bishop’s Coat of Arms — this version includes the Chi Rho: the first two letters of the word “Christ” in Greek, which symbolize the status of Jesus Christ as Saviour of the world, and also invokes his crucifixion.


Welcoming a new bishop