Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms of Most Reverend Mark Hagemoen - Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie –
Horizontal Line with Two Peaks divides the shield, referring to Bishop Hagemoen's birthplace in North Vancouver, and to his love of hiking in the Coastal Mountains, specifically the area of the twin peaks known as The Lions. White is indicative of the mountains of British Columbia and the snow of Northwest Territories. The lighter blue band along the crest of evokes the great Deh-Cho or Mackenzie River, the ancient link and source of sustenance for the Aboriginal peoples.
Mountains form an "M" signifying Mary, the Mother of God and Star of the New Evangelization.
The Sun depicts the 'midnight sun' of northern Canada and refers to Jesus Christ, the light to all the nations (Luke 1: 78-79). The sun's eight golden rays represent the Beatitudes. This feature links Bishop episcopal ordination to the pontificate of Pope Francis, who adjusted his coat-of-arms after his election to the Chair of Peter to include an eight-point star representing the eight Beatitudes.
The Fish is one of the oldest symbols of Christ. The image of three fish evokes the Holy Trinity, which is also the name of Bishop Hagemoen's home parish in North Vancouver. The fish depicted here are Arctic char, a key food source of the Northwest Territories.
The Winged Lion with the Scriptures, depicting Saint Mark the Evangelist, refers to the name given to Bishop Hagemoen at baptism and to his previous service as Principal of Saint Mark's Theological College in Vancouver. The lion faces east towards the rising sun.
The Episcopal Motto, PAX, SERVITUS, SPES: "Peace, Service, Hope". The reference is Trinitarian: The Father is the author of all creation, the source of true and lasting peace; the Son, Jesus Christ is the ultimate servant, who gives His life for God's people, restoring all to wholeness and fullness of life; the Holy Spirit is God's presence in the world, who stirs human hearts to conversion, reconciliation, and renewed hope.
The Hat with Six Tassels on the sides is emblematic of the episcopal office and is present on every Roman Catholic bishop's coat of arms.
The Processional Cross is the backdrop of a Bishop's Coat of Arms. Bishop Hagemoen's coat of Arms includes the Chi Rho, the first two letters of the Greek word "Christ", the Crucified and Risen Saviour.