Present Bishop


THE COAT OF ARMS (English)  coate of arms

Bishop Adam has always nurtured a sound spirituality centred on the Eucharist as the real source of Christ's presence in his personal life and in the Church. The Coat of Arms expresses this central Catholic belief and points to his Eucharistic devotion as a daily reminder of the love that God shows to humanity through His Son.

The African art-work on the CHALICE and the HOST in the centre, relates to the South African geographical setting of his diocese and signifies South African cultural heritage which Bishop Adam intends to treasure in his ministry.

The FISH motif points to the concept of early Christian identity rooted in Christ Jesus which the Bishop will continue to build in his local Church. The CROSS with the heart is both the symbol of Christ's salvific work and an essential characteristic of the spirituality of the Priests of the Sacred Heart wtiich Bishop Adam adopted as his own.

His religious life, priesthood and episcopacy needs to be viewed as an ongoing invitation to answering God's call expressed in the axiom Ecce venio - "HERE I AM, I COME TO DO YOUR WILL" (Heb. 10:9). 'Ecce venio' is an expression of his willingness and readiness to endure the will of God, serving Him as a Shepherd of Christ's flock.

It is apparent, therefore, that these highlights, featured on the coat of arms, are the chief aspects of Chnst's relationship with the Church and people's relationship with one another. They also continually Inspire and shape the new Bishop's life of prayer and work.

Bishop Adam wishes a fervent fidelity to the unifying and life giving nourishment of Jesus Christ, to all the faithful of the Diocese of De Aar.

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