As we continue to explore the seven Sacraments in my 5th grade class, we are currently studying the Sacrament of Vocation. Last week we covered Holy Orders, with a special emphasis on what it means to be a Bishop. (You can visit this post for the printable notes we used on both topics, as well as how we incorporated making origami miters!)
I would be remiss to not talk about Fulton Sheen's role as a Bishop during this portion of our study, so we also spent a class exploring Sheen's coat of arms. The kids enjoyed figuring out that every symbol and color had specific meaning.
"Coat of Arms?" you may be wondering...You can read all about Ecclesiastical Heraldry here.
This was Sheen's coat of arms, and we were able to talk about the meaning of his Latin motto, the double barred cross signifying his role as an Archbishop, the dove and globe as a nod to the meaning of his name as well as a desire for peace in the world, etc.
Click here for a set of coloring notes with details about the meanings of the symbols on FJS's coat of arms:
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a Man for All Media.)
Click here for the plain coloring notes without the written details: (this would be if you just want the kids to color in the coat of arms, or if they will have to copy their own notes like mine did...because I am a big meanie)
Bishop Daniel Jenky's Coat of Arms (from our home Diocese of Peoria).
Here is an exploring sheet with some guiding questions for them to look for as they research: (You could make something very similar for your own Bishop if you are not from the Diocese of Peoria)
(originally posted February 17, 2014 here)