The Loreto Crest was thought to have been developed by Mother Teresa Ball as an expression of Loreto spirituality. It first appeared in the letterhead of a letters written by Mother Teresa Ball in 1851.
There are four symbols on the Loreto Crest:
- The Cross – The cross reminds us that we love God. And when we see it, we’re reminded to always do the right thing – even when it seems hard. This form of the cross is the one used in family crest of our founder, Mary Ward.
- The Sacred Heart – The Sacred Heart reminds us that the most important thing is for us to love God and one another.
- The Loving Heart – The loving heart reminds us of Mary, who is very special for all Loreto girls. When we see it, we remember to say a prayer to Mary.
- The Anchor – The anchor is strong and steadfast. It reminds us that there’s always hope for us when we pray.
What do the words on the Loreto Crest mean?
“Maria Regina Angelorum” – means Mary, Queen of the Angels.
“Cruci Dum Spiro Fido” – means in the Cross, while I breathe, I trust. This means we will always believe in God’s goodness and know he will always look after us.