The greater portion of Bishop Campbell’s coat of arms is derived from the arms of Saint Edward the Confessor, the bishop’s second baptismal patron, with the “difference” that the original “cross fleuretty” is replaced with a “cross bottony” quartered in gold and silver, taken from the arms of the Archdiocese of Washington.
The upper third of the design, called the chief, is red and displays on the observer’s left a lion rampant combatant, and on the observer’s right a tower, both in gold.
The lion is from the arms of His Eminence, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, who guided Bishop Campbell through his discernment of his call to the holy priesthood, and signifies as well the arms of James Cardinal Hickey, who accepted Bishop Campbell into ministerial formation to the Permanent Diaconate, and of Pope Saint John XXIII, for whom the seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, where Bishop Campbell received his formation, is named.
The tower is from the arms of His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, who ordained Bishop Campbell as a priest and as a bishop.
In the center of the chief, on a green field, is a modern abstract sculpture of the Holy Family in gold, to show that all of God’s people are called to be integral members of the holy life of a family, of the family of the Church, and of the family of mankind.
Bishop Campbell’s motto is, “Do whatever he tells you,” the Blessed Virgin Mary’s statement to the helpers at the wedding feast at Cana, which is a powerful direction to all Christians that Jesus, as the Christ, guides our lives by all that He teaches and all that is maintained by His Holy Church.
The achievement is completed with the external ornaments of a coat of arms of a bishop: a gold processional cross that extends above and below the shield, and a pontifical hat, called a galero, with six tassels in three rows on either side of the shield, all in green.