|The international crest of the Patrician Brothers has fairly self-explanatory symbolism. Starting from the top we have rays of like coming from the cross of Christ as Jesus is the light of and for the world. The bishop’s mitre alludes to our founder Bishop Daniel Delany, but it also reflects the special respect the Brothers have for the priesthood.
The heart points to the love that God has for us by sending us His only Son to suffer and to die for us and that we are also called to love others and to live with them in peace and harmony. The harp reminds us of our Irish heritage as do the shamrocks to the left and right of the shield. The Bible reminds us that it is the Good News which must be at the centre of our apostolic and religious lives.
The shield of the crest which contains the mitre, heart, harp, and Bible, brings to mind the famous prayer “The Breastplate of St Patrick”. This prayer, like a shield and like a plate of armour which protects the breast, can protect us from the harms of the world by celebrating that Christ is with us in our daily lives. The motto “Pro Deo et Patria” is ancient Latin and translates to “For God and Country” we give our lives and service.