COAT OF ARMS 

PROVINCE OF ST. ELIAS 

 

The three parts of the shield portray the history, the spirit and the meaning of the Order: the provinceís sphere of activity and its origin.

The left hand portion represents the entire Carmelite Order.  The shape of its lower half suggests the Mount of Carmel in Palestine where the Order began.  The lower star represents the Virgin Mother, Star of the Sea.  The upper stars symbolize our leaders, Elias and Eliseus, the prophets.

The upper part of the right hand portion, with its American eagle imposed upon a fiery wheel signifies that our province is an American province dedicated to Elias the Prophet, who ascended to heaven in a fiery chariot.

The lower part of the right hand portion, with Brian Boruís harp, the official emblem of the Republic of Ireland, and a sunburst behind it vividly portrays the foundation of our province by the Province of Ireland after the period of persecution when the sunburst became the symbol of a resurrected freedom in Irish heraldry.