Most Reverend Joseph Henry Conroy
Third Bishop of Ogdensburg
Most Reverend Joseph Henry Conroy, third bishop of Ogdensburg, was the first to include the arms of the See of Ogdensburg on the dexter impalement of his shield. A silver fort, signifying Fort La Presentation, stands on a blue field sprinkled with golden oak leaves, symbols of Samuel Ogden (oak dene) who purchased and settled this region.
On the right field are the staff of St. Joseph, the bishop’s patron saint, and a book representing Catholic Education. The diagonal lines behind the book and staff come from the Conroy family shield of Ireland. Above the shield are the heraldic designs of a bishop - the green gallero with its six tassels arranged in three rows on either side, a miter, crosier, and processional cross.
Bishop Conroy’s motto is imprinted on the scroll beneath the shield. DOMINUS CONFORTABIT, “THE LORD WILL COMFORT.”