The Most Reverend Edmond Carmody, D.D.,
Seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi
The shield of the coat of arms of Bishop Edmond Carmody symbolizes his family, his priestly and missionary service and his devotion to the people, especially to the poor.
The green shield, the color of hope, stands for Bishop Carmody's birthplace, Ireland. The gold cross off-center is taken from the Papal shield showing the Bishop's union with Rome and solidarity with the Holy Father.
In the bearer's upper left is blazoned a silver star on a blue field, denoting the state of Texas, the site of Bishop Carmody's priestly vocation and Episcopal ministry. The guiding star invokes the guiding providence of God in the Bishop's personal life and in his service to the Church.
The sprouting oak stump on the bearer's lower right comes from the Carmody family crest. It recalls the strength of the oak, its roots in the earth, that even though cut down to the stump is capable of generating new life. The green or the leaves signify hope and life; the red or the background is for courage, readiness to suffer for the Faith, even as the Carmody ancestors once were persecuted and martyred for the Faith.
On the bearer's lower left is blazoned a condor in gold with red beak and claws. Majestic bird of the Andes, the condor is used here to represent Bishop Carmody's five years of missionary service in Ecuador as a member of the St. James Missionary Society. The bird is strong, graceful and high-flying; it is a near relative to the hawk or falcon found also on the crest of the Carmody family. The red on claw and beak is a sign of struggle, especially the struggle for independence, by the Irish and Ecuadorian people; by this sign, Bishop Carmody allies himself with the poor and powerless to defend and protect those in his care.
To complete the achievement of arms, in place of the helmet or crown, an Episcopal hat in green, and for mantling, is the double six tassels of a bishop. The Celtic cross in gold forms the hilt of the sword behind the shield.
On a scroll, the motto "With Christ All Is Possible", appears at the base or the achievement and expresses Bishop Carmody's desire to be the instrument of Christ's power going out to others, offering the hope that is necessary to bring about needed changes in people, society and the world.