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Hartford Archdiocese
Arms: Gules and a base barry wavy of six Argent and Azure overall a hart trippant Or supporting with its dexter foreleg the staff Or of a long swallowtail banner in chief Argent charged with a Scandinavian cross Gules.

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS: Illustration for background and text adapted from the website of the Archdiocese. The blazon for the arms was re-written by John Hamilton Gaylor for which we thank him. Hartford, CT was established as a diocese on November 28, 1843 by Pope Gregory XVI and was created as an archdiocese by Pope Pius XII on August 6, 1953. The arms were designed by Pierre de Chaignon Larose and have been used since Bishop John J. Nilan’s term as seventh Ordinary of the See, 1910-1934.

There have been five archbishops to date:
[1] The Most Reverend Henry J. O’Brien 1953-1969
[2] The Most Reverend John F. Whealon 1969-1992
[3] The Most Reverend Daniel A. Cronin 1992-2003
[4] The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell 2003-2013
[5] The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair 2013-date

The current Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford is the Most Reverend Leonard Paul Blair who was born on April 12, 1949 and who is a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, serving as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut since December 16, 2013. See his own entry for his particulars.

The artwork is an interpretation of John Hamilton Gaylor.

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