Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

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The Salesian Sisters have a coat of arms which depicts our missionand our primary devotions.  Below is a guide to the meaning behind each element of the Salesian Sisters' Coat of Arms:

coat of arms

  • The dove represents the Holy Spirit who is the source of the spiritual life that animates our Salesian mission.
  • Mary Help of Christians, our Mother, is pictured as well.  Her direct intervention brought our congregation into existence.
  • Lilies signify our consecrated chastity that enables us to give ourselves totally for the young.
  • A forest is shown because of a play on words in Italian.   "Bosco" means forest in Italian.  This represents our founder, St. John Bosco.
  • The well represents the early life of our co-foundress, St. Mary Mazzarello, who grew up in the humble Italian town of Mornese.
  • The anchor stands for hope.  We live this virtue trusting in Divine Providence, with courageous daring, like St. John Bosco.
  • The star is the symbol of the virtue of faith.  This helps us to serve the Lord in joyful fidelity and to see holiness achieved in everyday life.
  • The heart represents the charity that Salesians have for the young people they serve.
  • Roses symbolize the loving kindness that we learn from St. Francis de Sales, and which animates our relationships with one another and the young.
  • The motto of the Salesian Congregation is Da Mihi Animas Caetera Tolle!  This means: "Give me souls...Take away the rest!" It was the battle cry of Don Bosco that he left as a legacy to us.