Coat of Arms
The Salesian Sisters have a coat of arms which depicts our mission and our primary devotions.
Below is a guide to the meaning behind each element of the Salesian Sisters' Coat of Arms.
The dove represents the Holy Spirit who is the source of the spiritual life that animates our Salesian mission.
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.
Mary Help of Christians, our Mother, is pictured as well. Her direct intervention brought our congregation into existence.
The anchor stands for hope. We live this virtue trusting in Divine Providence, with courageous daring, like St. John Bosco.
The heart represents the charity that Salesians have for the young people they serve.
Lilies signify our consecrated chastity that enables us to give ourselves totally for the young.
Roses symbolize the loving kindness that we learn from St. Francis de Sales, and which animates our relationships with one another and 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 church represents the early life of our co-foundress, St. Mary Mazzarello, who grew up in the humble Italian town of Mornese.
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.