Anthony Jordan was born on November 10, 1901 in Uphall, Scotland. He was ordained priest of the Order of Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate on 23 June, 1929. In 1955 he came to Edmonton, and was named Coadjutor Archbishop to His Grace Archbishop MacDonald, with right of succession. He succeeded to the See of Edmonton on August 11, 1964, becoming Edmonton’s fourth Archbishop.
In 1962, Jordan attended the Second Vatican Council session called by Pope John XXIII. As an open-minded leader he focused his energy in promoting Church renewal through establishing the new Western Catholic Reporter (1965), Vocation Team (1966), Council of Priests (1967), Commission for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations (1968), Adult Learning Commission (1968), and Newman Theological College (1969).
With a long list of accomplishments in a relatively short time, Archbishop Jordan, known as The Promoter of Ecumenism, retired in 1973. Nine years later, he died at the age of 80.
The Archbishop's Coat of Arms
Heraldry originated about a thousand years ago in Europe, where it was used by the warrior classes as a means of differentiating combatants on the field of battle. As Europe developed and the feudal warrior class disappeared, the practice of identifying one's possessions with personal emblems flourished. Ecclesiastical heraldry grew out of this practice, initially to differentiate between the various degrees of the clerical estate. The Pope and most bishops adopt a personal coat of arms, which today is used primarily to identify communications from their particular office.
The left hand side of the shield shows the Holy Spirit brooding over Edmonton, the Seat of the Archdiocese, symbolized in the lower left section. On the right hand side the Archbishop’s decent from Irish parents is represented by two shamrocks and his birth in Scotland by the Scottish Lion. Below that is the Oblate Coat of Arms. Along the bottom of the shield appear the mountains and forests of British Columbia as a souvenir of the Archbishop’s former diocese of Prince Rupert.