Veritas in Caritate – Truth in Love

Archbishop Etienne’s Motto comes from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians 4:15:

Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ.

As Church, we believe Christ is the ultimate expression of truth as well as the ultimate expression and experience of love. As one sent by Christ, I ask for his blessing as we, the Church of Anchorage, begin this next chapter of faith together. When Christ sent his first disciples, he told them to take nothing with them for the journey. This was because he was to be their sole possession. May we rely only and always upon Christ.

Coat of Arms

The exterior is the traditional “framing” of a bishop’s coat of arms.  An archbishop’s arms have 10 tassels on each side to represent his office.

The left side represents the Archdiocese of Anchorage.

  • The anchor is an ancient Christian symbol of hope and is also present in the name of the Archdiocese.

The right side represents Archbishop Etienne:

  • The sword is for St. Paul, and the book represents the Sacred Scriptures and Preaching.
  • The M is for Archbishop Etienne’s devotion to the Blessed Mother.
  • The Sun symbolizes Christ, the Dawn from on High, as well as his general love of the outdoors.


For information on the creation of Archbishop Etienne’s Coat of Arms, you can read the article in the Catholic Anchor.

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By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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