EXPLANATION OF BISHOP WENCESLAO S. PADILLA’s

COAT OF ARMS (EMBLEM)

 

1) The Coat of Arm signifies the rank and personal seal of the Bishop. This is only used by the Bishop himself and goes with him when he dies.

 

2) The Green Roman Hat signifies the Episcopal dignity of the person.

 

3) The six tassels in each side signify that the person is a bishop. With Msgr. Wens, the tassels are with the Mongolian symbol: the ‘ulzii’ that spells eternity--- the unending cycle of birth, death and new life.  

 

4) The circle with the images at the center is the shield.  It signifies that God is the sole protector of His people. In it are the very symbols in which the bishop expresses his personal values as well as the meaning and reality on which his ministry is dedicated and is to be understood.

 

5) On the upper left part of the shield is the Mongolian ‘ger’.

Ger is home for the Mongolian people. It symbolizes the family. It even symbolizes the very worldview of the people. As such, for Msgr. Wens, the ‘ger’ is the symbol of his finding home in the life and heart of the Mongolian people. As the Bishop of the Mongolian Church, this signifies his pastoral family: the Mongolian people.

 

6)   On the upper right part of the shield is rising sun from the east over the mountains, steppes and the oceans.


Before coming here in Mongolia, Msgr. Wens was a missionary in Taiwan for 15 years. Msgr. Wens’s name in the Chinese character spells the rising sun that means hope. As such, the symbol signifies his hope in the Risen Christ who is the Light of the world and the beacon of every missionary endeavor. The water in the image symbolizes Msgr. Wens’ congenial personality. He easily blends with people of different backgrounds.

 

7)   On the lower right part of the shield is the image of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Msgr. Wens has dedicated the whole Mongolian Mission to the Holy Family and as such it has a special place in his heart and in the Mongolian Catholic family. Yet if you look closely the very form that holds the child Jesus is an important symbol for the Mongolians too. They may not call it heart or ‘zurkh’  the way other peoples/we would refer it. But they refer to it as ‘bundang’ or ‘buimang’ which means a holy or sacred vessel or container.Thus it signifies that like the Holy Family that serves as the holy place where Jesus grew and found his mission as the Son of God, the Mongolian people now serves as the very locus of the mission of Jesus to grow and find home.

 

8)  On the lower left part of the shield is the logo of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM)

By including the logo of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Msgr. Wens recognizes the roots of his missionary religious vocation: the 36 years of work his late father did with the CICM as a faithful catechist and his formation in the CICM since he was in the 7th grade. As the patroness of his congregation, Mary serves as Msgr. Wens’ inspiration in allowing God’swill be fulfilled in his ministry.

 

9)   Completing the images of the shield is the three-tongued fire.

This is a very important Mongolian symbol that signifies the three times: yesterday, today and tomorrow.The base of the flame itself signifies the strength of God. Thus, for Msgr. Wens this symbol signifies the eternal strength of God who has journeyed with His people since time immemorial. God is indeed our yesterday, today and forever.Reminiscent of the Jubilee Year 2000!

 

10) Below the shield is the MOTTO: “Lumen Ad Revelationem Gentium”

This is taken from the gospel of Luke 2: 32.  The motto “A light to reveal your will to the nations” makes a very significant synthesis of Msgr. Wens’s identity as a CICM missionary and of his dedication to be the main instrument of God’s love to the people here in Mongolia. As a missionary bishop, Msgr. Wens prays that he may become a real and true witness to that Light of the world --- Jesus Christ, who is also the Good Shepherd, to the Mongolian people.