The San Damiano Cross represented in the brand is cherished by Franciscans as the symbol of Francis’ mission from God. It was said the St. Francis was in prayer before the cross when God commissioned him to “rebuild his Church.” the original cross still hangs in the Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi, Italy. As a school community, we pray Francis’ Prayer Before the Crucifix of San Damiano every morning. In the Franciscan coat of arms, the traditional element of the right unclothed arm of Christ passes over the left arm of Francis that is sleeved in a friar’s habit. Both hands bear the stigmata, the wound marking the crucifixion of Jesus.
The traditional embattled line at the top of the shield represents the history of St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School and is a tribute to the foundation and building dating back to the school’s establishment in 1895. The colors of the brand also represent the spiritual heritage of SFES. the blue symbolizes peace, tranquility and harmony, all values St. Francis himself cherished and is in the opening line of the Prayer of St. Francis - “Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace…” The gold represents the joy, the hope and the light the community of SFES embraces and sends out through its students.
The sunburst used in the background of the SFES crest pays homage to St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun in which St. Francis praises God and gives thanks for all God’s creation. The SFES brand closely resembles the heritage of the Order of Friars Minor. the shield is a visual representation of the history, symbolism and message of Franciscan ideals.