News 2018

New Master Class for Professional Heraldists

Dec 1, Gothenburg Swedish Heraldic Society organised a new seminar for professional heraldists. At the seminar I held a lecture about details that a professional heraldist must solve when he/she designs or compose a coat of arms. This was even an opportunity for discussing other issues that a heraldist can meet in his/her work. The Swedish Heraldic Society stated that my lecture was very appreciated.

Singing Fauré’s Requiem

Nov 14, Stockholm Sang as soloist at the Pontifical Mass celebrated by H. Em. Anders Cardinal Arborelius. Performed, together with the Cathedral Choir and an organist, parts from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Sepulchre

Oct 17-22, Jerusalem It is an obligation for every Christian, especially for every Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, to make – at least once – a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and the Tomb of Christ.

I visited the Holy Land together witd the Lieutenancy Sweden-Denmark of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. That was an exceptional experience and a memory for lifetime!

View over Jerusalem from the Chapel Dominus Flevit, where I had an opportunity to sing a solo song.

Coming out from the Empty Tomb of Christ, with a lit Candle.

Painted a Coat of Arms

Oct 12, Eskilstuna A Swedish Family asked me to paint a new Picture of their Coat of Arms. Here is the Painting. I composed the Arms last year.

Painted a Coat of Arms

Oct 6, Eskilstuna A Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre, also member of a Czech noble family asked me to paint a new Picture of his Coat of Arms. Here is the result.

Analyst at the Swedish Schools Inspectorate

Aug 15, Stockholm Employed as an Analyst at the Swedish Schools Inspectorate.

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate is an Agency under the Swedish government.

The agency is responsible for supervision and quality assurance in regard to preschools (primarily the municipal preschools), compulsory schools, upper secondary schools and the various forms of adult education. University colleges and universities, however, have a different supervisory authority.

The primary aim of the Swedish Schools Inspectorate is to contribute to school improvement and development. The overall goal is a school system where all children have equal rights to a good education and knowledge in a secure environment.

(From the Agency’s information)

Painted a Coat of Arms

Apr 21, Eskilstuna A Swedish Family asked me to paint a new picture of their Family Coat of Arms. Here is the result.

My paintings published in the Swedish Roll of Arms

Mar 5, Gothenburg Several of my heraldic paintings have been published in the first edition of the Swedish Roll of Arms.

Coat of Arms for the Croatian Priest in London

Mar 3, Eskilstuna On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Fr. Ljubomir Šimunović’s Priesthood, I composed a Coat of Arms for him. Fr. Ljubomir is the Head of the Croatian Catholic Mission in London. The motto of Fr. Ljubomir’s Priesthood comes from Psalm 116, 12-13: ”What should I repay to the Lord for all that He has done to me? I will take the Cup of Salvation and call upon the name of the Lord.” Therefore is the Chalice the motif that dominates in the Arms. The Chalice is decorated with the eight-pointed Star that symbolizes Stella Maris (Our Lady) and the Star of Bethlehem (Holy Land). The Star also symbolizes the Franciscan devotion and presence in the Holy Land. The waves symbolize the waves of all important waters: from the Water of the Baptismal Font, over the water from the Adriatic sea, to the water of Lake of Gennesaret. The upper colors symbolize Croatia, the lower colors symbolize Ireland (in which Fr. Ljubomir started the pastoral care for Croatians). All four colors can be found in the Coat of Arms of Croatia as well as in the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (in which Fr. Ljubomir currently serves). In heraldry, silver (Argent) symbolizes purity and joy. The colour red (Gules) symbolizes love and patriotism, blue (Azure) symbolizes fidelity, and gold (Or), also painted as yellow, symbolizes supremacy. ”Ljubav i mir” (Love and Peace) is a motto derivated from the name Ljubomir, also a motto well suited to a Franciscan.

According to Archbishop Bruno Bernard Heim, one of the greatist heraldists ever, everyone should have a Coat of Arms. A Coat of Arms reminds us about the principles that are important to us and it helps us to both remember and follow them!

New Coat of Arms composed

Feb 24, Eskilstuna Composed and painted Coat of Arms for an American Family of Swedish origin.

Bookplate for a good Friend

Jan 10, Eskilstuna Draw a new bookplate for Johnny Hagberg, Provost in Swedish Lutheran Church and one of the most productive Publishers in Sweden. Johnny Hagberg was recentlly awarded with the rank of Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. I wanted to celebrate that occasion by drawing a new version of Johnny Hagberg’s bookplate.

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