When ordained as Bishop of Icosia, the political climate had made Eugene cautious not to draw too much attention to his being an Oblate of Mary Immaculate. Now, as bishop of a diocese he had to design a coat of arms – and one quarter would be the Oblate crest.
I was deterred for the same reasons from asserting this title which is so dear to me in this sense that it expresses my title of being a member even more than being head of a holy family approved and constituted in God’s Church, at the time of my election to the title of Bishop of Icosia.
As a consolation for this reticence, forced on me in the circumstances, I will have my coat of arms quartered with those adopted by the Congregation, and this must always be the practice in the Congregation when someone is called canonically to shoulder so heavy a burden.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 18 May 1837, EO XVIII
He wished that every Oblate, appointed bishop, would do the same.