Registration number 20160102B
This certifies that the heraldic arms of Jack Herbert Martin Tuinier are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below
The bearer’s coat of arms depicts symbols of his faith, devotion and ethnic background. The entire achievement borrows elements from the arms of places that have significance to the bearer.
The field color of shield is Or (gold) upon which is placed an argent (white) wavy bend (a bar that runs from upper left to lower right) which is outline in blue is a heraldic representation of a river. This bend is strewn with a semé (a scattering of no specific number) of blue annulets (rings) to represent bubbles. This symbol represents the English equivalent of the Native American name “Kalamazoo,” which means “boiling pot,” and is used to describe the Kalamazoo River because of the bubbles in the water. This device has been borrowed from the coat of arms of the Diocese of Kalamazoo from whom the bearer received his initial Catholic education and formation and represents the name of his city of birth. Additionally this device is emblematic of the waters of Baptism, the River of Life, through which the bearer was incorporated into the People of God, the Church.
The gold color of the field which is charged with two sable (black) ravens in the sinister of the shield are inspired from the coat of arms of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, where the bearer received his advanced theological education and the monastery to which he is affiliated as an Oblate of St. Benedict. Ravens are associated with the lives of St. Benedict and St. Meinrad and have long been a symbol of divine providence. Additionally, the raven represents change, conversion of heart, and the holy soul dying to this world.
The dexter base of the shield (the lower left corner of the wavy bar) is a ten-pointed azure (blue) mullet (star) which indicates the ten-evangelical virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This device is used to symbolize the bearer’s consecration and devotion to the B.V.M. as a member of the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception. The blue star is also used to signify that Our Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been designated as the Star of the New Evangelization at the beginning of the third millennium.
The crest depicts a blue (azure) lion’s head with small yellow rectangles (billets) and a crown. This device is inspired from the coat of arms of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and represents the armiger’s Dutch heritage.
The bearer has also choosen for his motto: “Suscipe me, Domine” which is derived from the climactic moment in the rite of monastic profession when a monk, with arms outstretched, thrice sings: “Suscipe me, Domine, secundum eloquium tuum et vivam. Et non confundas me ab expectatione mea (Uphold me, Lord, according to your word and I shall live; let me not be confounded in my expectation [Ps.119:116]).” The Suscipe prayer signifies an act of offering oneself to God for His service and refers to the bearer’s act of final oblation made to Saint Meinrad Archabbey wherein he promised to serve God and humanity according to the spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict. Through this act of oblation, the bearer implores God, through the intercession of the B.V.M., to obtain for him the grace needed to sustain him throughout his life and work.