Bicentennial Ornament

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond with this beautiful commemorative keepsake ornament!

After a five-month competition, one image was selected to represent the 200th anniversary of the Diocese of Richmond.  The winning design was submitted by Shari Evans, a parishioner at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk.

This special ornament with the image of the bicentennial logo comes packaged in a beautiful showcase window box. Perfect for gift-giving or collecting!

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About the Logo Design:

(Excerpt from the Catholic Virginian article announcing the winner)

“(Shari) Evans considered using the word “bicentennial” in the logo but decided to go with the number “200” instead.

“Just the number 200 is strong. For example, a little kid might not know what bicentennial means, but they know that 200 is a large number, and we’re celebrating a large number of years,” she said.

One of the most eye-catching elements of Evans’ design is the stained-glass window that comprises the second zero.

“Whenever I think of light, faith, religion, I think of light from stained-glass windows coming into the church during a service. It sticks with me,” she said, explaining that her design mimics what she would see at Mass on Sundays before renovations at the basilica began.

The design of the cross was taken from one of the basilica windows and divides the zero into two window panes. The right pane shows the eastern shore of the diocese while the left depicts the mountains that make up the Cumberland Gap, a landmark which is referred to in the bicentennial prayer.”

The stars in the first zero and the jewel in the center of the cross were taken from the diocesan shield, and the colors used in the bicentennial logo match the red, blue and gold of the diocesan shield.

“I just felt like based on what the packet said, I couldn’t not use the crest,” explained Evans. “The theme is ‘shine like stars’ and the crest has stars, so I couldn’t not use it. So I deconstructed the crest itself and took the parts I felt I could use.”