The seminary’s crest reflects the Eucharistic identity of our college (as determined by Archbishop Mannix). It consists principally of the medieval Eucharistic image of a pelican feeding its chicks with its own blood. These armorial bearings were designed in 1946-7, by an English convert to the faith, Wing-Commander Roach-Pierson, of Panton Hill, Victoria.
Blazon: Gules, a pelican in her piety argent, beaked or, in chief of the second, four stars of eight points azure.
Gules - the ground of the main part of the shield is red.
A pelican in her piety is a pelican feeding her young.
In chief - the top third of the shield is white.
Four stars on the chief are blue.
The Pelican in her piety is a medieval symbol of the Blessed Eucharist. The stars represent the Southern Cross. The four eight-pointed stars for the Cross were granted by the College of Heralds to the Catholic Church in Australia in 1834 and are to be found in the Coat of Arms of Bishop Goold, OSA - first Bishop of Melbourne.
"Qui ad justitiam erudiunt multus, quasi stellae (fulgebunt) in perpetuas aeternitates." Daniel xii, 3.
Red field signifies the Precious Blood.
Crest: A mitre to show that the College is under episcopal jurisdiction.
Motto: De Te Vivere (generally translated as "To live from Thee"), chosen by Fr H. Johnston, SJ, comes from one of St Thomas Aquinas’ famous Eucharistic hymns, Adoro te devote.
The verse in which it occurs says:
The motto, is part of the third line of the fifth verse of this hymn, and has been variously translated. In his translation, Gerard Manly Hopkins writes: "Lend this life to me then: feed and feast my mind". A special motet constituted by this verse was composed for this seminary by a visiting New Zealand-based organist in gratitude for the hospitality we offered him. The motet is yet to premiere.