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Seminary Coat-Of-Arms

On 1st August 2010, the Seminary officially launched its Coat of Arms. With its symbolic elements, the Coat of Arms, serves as an expression of what the Seminary stands for, as well as a reminder to the Community of its identity. Below are the explanations of the various elements that make up the Coat of Arms.



the “armour of God” (Eph 6:11-15) in our walk in The Most Holy’s righteous ways as outlined in the seminary’s core values and to be ever-ready in the service of the Divine.


Wheat Stalks and Grape Vines

the Eucharistic spirituality of the seminary which aspires to form men and women who are passionately in love with the Sacramental Mysteries, inclusive of the Eucharist.



the centrality of the Holy Spirit who is the principal formator in seminary formation and who guides, protects and breathes life in the church

Quarter Symbols

the symbols of the four evangelists which originate from the four “living creatures" that draw the throne-chariot of God, the Merkabah, in the vision in the Book of Ezekiel (Chapter 1) reflected in the Book of Revelation (4.6-9ff)

  • Matthew, the author of the 1st Canonical account is symbolized by a winged man, or angel. Matthew's gospel starts with Jesus' genealogy from Abraham; it represents Jesus'’ Incarnation, and so Christ's humanity.
  • Mark, the author of the second Canonical gospel account is symbolized by a winged lion - a figure of courage and monarchy. Mark references John the Baptist preaching "like a lion roaring" at the beginning of his Gospel. It also represents Jesus' Resurrection (because lions were believed to sleep with open eyes, a comparison with Christ in the tomb), and Christ as king
  • Luke, the author of the third Canonical gospel account (and the Acts of the Apostles) is symbolized by a winged ox or bull - a figure of sacrifice, service and strength. Luke's account begins with the duties of Zacharias in the temple; it represents Jesus' sacrifice in His Passion and Crucifixion, as well as Christ being High priest (this also represents Mary’s obedience).
  • John, the author of the fourth Canonical gospel account is symbolized by an eagle - a figure of the sky, and believed to be able to look straight into the sun. John starts with an eternal overview of Jesus the Logos and goes on to describe many things with a "higher" level than the synoptic gospels; it represents Jesus' Ascension, and Christ's divine nature.


as Rene Guénon pointed out, the cross is one of the most universal of all symbols and is far from belonging to Christianity alone. While studying scripture, vivid symbols are necessarily pressed into service as reference points-how else could the mind ascend the ladder of analogy to pure intellection? The cross also represents the nature of initiation and Spiritual Realization.



our aspiration to become compassionate leaders after the heart of Christ.  Early Christians identified the five petals of the rose with the five wounds of Christ. Since the earliest times, the rose has been an emblem of silence. The rose also symbolizes our communion with the Bishop and the Magisterium.


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Learn from me

The banner summarizes the motto of the seminary which is derived from Matthew 11:29 “ take up my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am meek and humble ... tollite iugum meum super vos et discite a me quia mitis sum et humilis corde ...



Tinctures and Stains


Purple (Purpore)

Represents the steadfastnest and the royalty of  priesthood. Purple originally described the dyestuff obtained from sea snails of the species Murex brandaris (commonly called dye murex). The dyestuff, and cloths dyed with it, were known as purpura, in Latin, which in turn was derived from porphura, a Greek word of Phoenician origin which described the shellfish and its dye. The precise colour of the dye is no longer known, but it seems that it may have varied; what it was most prized for was that it was the only colourfast dye known to the ancient world. It is especially associated with the imperial dignity


Gold (0r)

Signify generosity.


Red (Gules)

Green (Vert)

Tenne (Tawny)

Maroon (Murrey)

represents life and vitality.

Hope, loyalty, love

Worthwhile Ambition


Maroon is thought to have come from mulberries. Mulberries do not bud until all danger of frost is past, and so they symbolize calculated patience. When they do produce buds, it happens so quickly that it seems to occur overnight, displaying and thus symbolizing expediency and wisdom. For all these attributes, the ancient Greeks dedicated the plant to the goddess of wisdom, Athena. The sun in Chinese legend is represented by the three-legged Sun Bird. This bird resides in the eastern sea, atop a magnificent mulberry tree. This tree is said to be the link between earth and the eastern heaven.

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Escutcheon classic, murrey, on a cross or surmounted by a rose gules barbed vert  and seeded argent proper, quartered:  Symbols of the four Evangelists, viz. an Eagle, Angel, Lion, and  Bull, displayed argent, crest a dove argent, supporters: dexter, 3 garbs or dexter , grape vine 3 clusters grapes purpore barbed vert, motto: Discite a Me