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Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur - Newington, CT
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 41° 41.944 W 072° 43.981
18T E 688633 N 4618848
Quick Description: Coat of Arms on convent building in Newington, CT
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 7/11/2011 6:03:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMC0G2
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
On the grounds of St. Mary's church in Newington there is a convent for the Sisters of Mercy. Above the middle of five windows on the right hand side of the building is a coat of arms for, surprizingly, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded by St Julie Billiart.

According to the website for the Notre Dame School in San Jose:

The Shield - Symbolizes protection and faith.
The Three Stars - Symbolize the Blessed Trinity.
The Cross - Expresses the love of God as reveled in life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Letters N.D. - Stand for Notre Dame.
The Crown - Surmounting the shield symbolizes sovereignty, loyalty, and victory. It is the crown of eternal life.
The Rose - Expresses hope and love.
The Lily - Expresses purity and innocence.

The inscribed motto is in French and somewhat garbled.
It reads: Amquilest bon le bon Dieui

it should read: Ah! qu'il est bon le bon Dieu!
translation: How good is the good God!
Bearer of Coat of Arms: Church / knight orders

Full name of the bearer: Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Where is Coat of Arms installed (short description) ?:
Above the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy window near the roof line.

Material / Design: Stucco

Blazon (heraldic description):
Shield Crown - Surmounting a smaller shield Rose - right side of smaller shield Lily - left side of smaller shield Smaller Shield in center of larger shield Three Stars (above) Letters N.D. (below the stars) Cross (center)

650 Willard Ave Newington, CT 06111

Web page about the structure where is Coat of Arms installed (if exists): [Web Link]

Web page about the bearer of Coat of Arms (if exists): [Web Link]

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