Coat of Arms

Bishop Reiss Coat of Arms
 Further Description 

Bishop Reiss’ coat of arms is divided into four sections that include symbols of his heritage and vocation in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

The shield is covered with a white cross, eschew, symbolic of the Most Blessed John Paul II. In the upper left corner there is an image of a gold lion holding a silver heart topped with a crown. The image is representative of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, where Reiss attended.

The lower right section contains two pilgrim’s staffs. Instructed by the Gospel, pilgrims carry only what is necessary on their journey. This is a symbol of austerity.

The number of tassels draped alongside the shield, six, is representative of Reiss’ rank as a bishop.

Reiss’ motto—In Christo Omnia—is from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians and was the foundation of St. Frances Cabrini’s ministry. Reiss once served as pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church in Allen Park.