Coat of Arms

Archbishop Martin William Currie, D.D. 

Archbishop Martin W. Currie, D.D., Archbishop of St. John’s, Coat of Arms incorporates the two themes of Marian symbols and the geography of Atlantic Canada.

The rose calls to mind the veneration of Our Lady under the title “Mystical Rose”. The wings symbolize the Assumption of Mary into heaven. A white rose with green sepals between the petal and green seeds in the centre is also the principal symbol in the Coat of Arms of the Currie family. The line dividing the shield into equal portions is a tree line, evoking the forests of Atlantic Canada, the gallery in the lower half represents the waters that define Atlantic Canada and refers to the boat of Peter, the first of the apostles, of whom bishops are successors. The color blue symbolizes Mary and the waters of the region. The green hat with twenty tassels is a heraldic device of archbishops, as is the metropolitan cross behind the shield. 

"Dominus Fortitudo Sperantium"

The motto is taken from Isaiah 40:29-31. –“those who hope in the Lord will have their strength renewed”.

The LORD gives power to the faint,

and strengthens the powerless.

Even youths will faint and be weary,

and the young will fall exhausted;

but those who trust in the Lord shall renew their strength,

they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,

they shall walk and not faint.

(Isaiah 40:29-31)

Contact Us

Office of the Archbishop

Pastoral Center

200 Military Road

P.O. Box 37

St. John’s, NL A1C 5H5

Tel: (709) 726-3660

Fax: (709) 753-5600

The Archbishop

Archbishop Martin W. Currie, D.D.


Secretary to the Archbishop

Mrs. Janet Stead 

Tel: (709) 726-3660 | Ext 230

Fax: (709) 753-5600


Executive Assistant to the Archbishop