THE GOOD SHEPHERD
There are numerous biblical accounts using the analogy of Christ as The Good Shepherd. One of the most familiar is from the Gospel of John when Christ said, "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me". Christ as the Good Shepherd serves as a perfect pastoral life model for a bishop leading and unifying a flock.
The garnet gemstones placed in four corners symbolize the blood of Christ and remind us of our call to take the Gospel to the "corners of the earth".