Archbishop’s Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms of His Grace, Archbishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara, CMM.

Description of the Coat of Arms

Green Hat (Galero) with ten tassels on either side which are the traditional identifying insignia of a Bishop. They signify that Archbishop Jwara will always be in communion with the College of Bishops under the leadership of the Pope.

Gold double-armed processional cross or metropolitan cross, has red stones to represent the five wounds of Christ. Archbishop Jwara is reminded of the new life we all have in those five wounds of Christ.

St. Eugene de Mazenod

When he felt called to the priesthood he entered the seminary in 1808 in Paris. On December 21 in 1811, he was ordained a priest and at that moment his dream was to be “the servant and priest of the poor." Above his head is the dove which represents the Holy Spirit who inspired him to spread the Gospel to many countries in the world, through the Congregation that he founded, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The Archdiocese of Durban has been served by the Oblates from its inception. Archbishop Jwara is the sixth Archbishop of this Archdiocese. The first one being Bishop Marie Jean Francois Allard who was ordained by St. Eugene de Mazenod himself in 1851. Above all, St. Eugene de Mazenod features in Archbishop Jwara's episcopal lineage and is this is a great honor for Archbishop Jwara.

Abbot Francis Pfanner

Above his head is a dove which represents the Holy Spirit who inspired him to leave his comfort zone in Europe and come down to South Africa to evangelize especially the local people of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He saw the early beginnings of this Archdiocese as he worked hand in hand with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate who were pioneers in this Archdiocese. Being the first CMM Archbishop of Durban Archbishop Jwara is inspired by the words of Abbot Francis when he said: “The kingdom of God has no boundaries."

The Good Shepherd

As the Metropolitan Archbishop of Durban, Archbishop Jwara shall strive to care for the flock that the Lord has entrusted to him through the intercessions of St. Eugene de Mazenod and Abbot Francis Pfanner.


The Truth will set you free (John 8:32)

Iqiniso liyonikhulula

It is Archbishop Jwara's wish that whatever he does, whatever we do together in this Archdiocese, truth and transparency should be our moral compass.