The international crest of the Patrician Brothers has fairly self-explanatory symbolism.
Starting from the top we have rays of light 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. It reminds us that we are also called to love others and to live with them in peace and charity.
The harp reminds us of our Irish heritage as do the shamrocks to the left and right of the shield. The image here will differ on the crests of the two other Patrician provinces. The Australian and Papua New Guinean province has the star constellation the southern cross. The crest of the Indian province has the centrepiece of its national flag: the Ashoka Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, a symbol of eternal law. The other sections of the Congregation (U.S.A., Kenya, and Ghana) use the international design.
The Bible reminds us that it is the Good News which must be at the centre of our apostolic and religious lives. We are called to proclaim the Good News by the example of our 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 "Christus in Corde Omnium" is ancient Latin and translates to "Christ in all hearts", it is one line from the prayer the Breastplate of St Patrick.
This design was adopted by the Brothers in 1956 and initially its motto was “Pro Deo et Patria” which means “For God and Country”. The current motto was introduced in 2004 reflecting the centrality of the Christ of the Breastplate in Patrician spirituality.